New Hamburg Mustangs rally to take ISC Under-21 World Tournament Championship

Written by Bob on August 21st, 2016
THE GRAND PRIZE - The New Hamburg Mustangs of New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, defeated the Alvinston Jr. Indians, 8-7, to claim the ISC Under-21 World Tournament Championship at Green Valley Sports Complex, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. Accepting the trophy from ISC Regional Commissioner, Robert Gray are, from left, Nick Penner, coach Dwight Brenneman, and Isaiah Whetstone. Photo By BOB OTTO

THE GRAND PRIZE – The New Hamburg Mustangs of New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, defeated the Alvinston Jr. Indians, 8-7, to claim the ISC Under-21 World Tournament Championship at Green Valley Sports Complex, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. Accepting the trophy from ISC Regional Commissioner, Robert Gray are, from left, Nick Penner, coach Dwight Brenneman, and Isaiah Whetstone. Photo By BOB OTTO

MOLINE, IL – The New Hamburg Mustangs were down and about out. But then came the big break that turned the game around in their favor: miscues.

Trailing 7-1 in the sixth inning, the Mustangs seized upon two errors, a passed ball and a walk, coupled with five hits to rally and beat the Alvinston Jr. Indians, 8-7, and claim the ISC Under-21 World Tournament Championship, at Green Valley Sports Complex, Saturday.

The Mustangs of New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada finished 5-0 in the four-team tournament. The Indians from Alvinston, Ontario, Canada took second at 3-2, with the Mariners of East Rapids, Mich. taking third, and Richville, Mich. fourth.

Bailey Hamilton threw well for the Alvinston Jr. Indians, but was undone by miscues, as the Indians lost 8-7 to the New Hamburg Mustangs in the ISC Under-21 World Tournament at Green Valley Sports Complex, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo By BOB OTTO

Bailey Hamilton threw well for the Alvinston Jr. Indians, but was undone by miscues, as the Indians lost 8-7 to the New Hamburg Mustangs in the ISC Under-21 World Tournament at Green Valley Sports Complex, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo By BOB OTTO

    HAMILTON TOUGH

Until the sixth, Alvinston’s Bailey Hamilton was throwing superbly, allowing a run in the first inning on back-to-back singles by Tyler Pauli and Nick Penner and a fielder’s choice that scored Pauli.

Pauli swung the hottest bat in the tournament. Hitting from the left side, the speedy centerfielder had a .600 average (9-for-15), scored 8 runs, with 6 RBI and 2 home runs.

Those lofty numbers earned him the Leading Hitter award.

Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, Alvinston tied the game when Callum Bishop doubled to left-centerfield, and later scored on a passed ball. And in the fifth, the Indians’ offense appeared to break the game wide open by stringing together seven hits for five runs.

    THE MVP’s BIG BLAST

Shortstop Adam Talarico provided the big fireworks by blasting a three-run home run over the centerfield fence with Jarome McKenzie and Joey Doxator aboard on a single and double.

Adam Talarico slugged a three-run home run for the Alvinston Jr. Indians, but it wasn't quite enough as the Indians lost to the New Hamburg Mustangs, 8-7, in the ISC Under-21 World Tournament championship. Talarico had a terrific tournament and was selected the Most Valuable Player. Photo By Bob Otto

Adam Talarico slugged a three-run home run for the Alvinston Jr. Indians, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Indians lost to the New Hamburg Mustangs, 8-7, in the ISC Under-21 World Tournament championship. Talarico had a terrific tournament and was selected the Most Valuable Player. Photo By Bob Otto

Talarico took home the Most Valuable Player award for his .474 average and tournament-leading 11 RBI, home run, two doubles and two triples.

The Indians explosive offense caused the Mustangs to make a pitching change with Laforest taking over for Tyler Randerson. Laforest allowed a run over the final two innings and was selected the tournament’s Most Outstanding pitcher.

The Indians scored their final run in the sixth when Doxator homered off Laforest over the right-field fence. That appeared enough runs to lock up the win. But the Indians miscues awakened a dormant giant.

    DOOR TO VICTORY OPENS

Sensing the chance to seize victory, the Mustangs’ batsmen got hot, pounding out four hits by Jake Bricknell, Jonathan Baker, Pauli, and Penner. The biggest hit came from Penner, who lined a double over the third base bag that chased home two runs.

Then in the seventh, Laforest singled with one out, and moved over to third on a passed ball and wild pitch. Now with Laforest as the winning run, Derek Hyde laced a single up the middle, sending Laforest racing home and the Mustangs began celebrating their championship.

    BATTING STATS

Collectively, the two squads banged out 24 hits, with Alvinston in front with 13, led by Doxator going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs; McKenzie was 2-for-4, run; Bishop, 1-for-4, run; Talarico, 2-for-4, run, 3 RBI; Kole Keating, 1-for-3, run; Hamilton, 2-for-3, run, RBI; David Houthuyzen, 1-for-2, and Devin Triest, 1-for-4.

The Mustangs were led by Penner, 3-for-4, 2 RBI; Pauli, 2-for-4, 2 runs; Jake Bricknell, 1-for-2, run; Baker, 1-for-4, run; Randerson, 1-for-4, run; Laforest, 2-for-4, run, and Hyde 1-for-3, run RBI.

    PITCHING STATS

Laforest pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to pick up the win, allowing a run on three hits. In the tournament, Laforest was 3-0 in 18 1/3 innings with 13 strikeouts and a 2.09 ERA.

Hamilton also had a good showing. He finished 2-1 in 20 1/3 innings with 30 strikeouts and a 2.75 ERA.

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