West North Carolina champ runs out of ‘Mojo’ vs. San Jose

West North Carolina champ runs out of ‘Mojo’ vs. San Jose
The West North Carolina champion ran out of its baseball “Mojo” in an 8-4 loss to San Jose, Fla.
The team from Mara Mojo fell to the Floridians in the American Division title game in the Cal Ripken Rookie League Southeast Regional Sunday afternoon.
The victors were led by Cole Tollett, who was 2-for-3, and Shane Kilker, who doubled for SJ.
Meanwhile, Mara Mojo was paced offensively by the 2-for-3 outings of Cole Vuurmans and Ryan Brouse.
The following is a roundup of Friday and Saturday’s action in the American Division of the Union City event.
SATURDAY
Mara Mojo 9, Okeeheelee 7
Vuurmans and Mikey Stewart both went 3-for-4 to lead the North Carolina entry to victory in one of the bracket’s semifinals on Saturday.
Otherwise, Brouse offered a pair of safeties for the winners from N.C.
For Okeeheelee, Marcus Gonzalez had a pair of safeties during the loss.
San Jose 10, W’burg 6
Nick Niewulis, Dan Hemmerle, Tollett and Kiler each went 2-for-3 to show W’burg the way out of the tournament in Saturday’s other American Division semifinal.
During the loss, Williamsburg’s standout plate efforts came from Kevin Mooney (an inside-the-park home run) and Dominic Demodna (a double).
W’burg 8, Gaffney 4
Mooney and Demodna each had a pair of hits to lead the Virginia runner-up in a first-round victory on Saturday.
Gaffney got two hits from each from the trio of Bradley Childers, Colton Byars and Zack Gordon.
Mara Mojo 8, Glen Allen 4
Brouse and Austin Roseberry each had a two-bagger to help MM to the doubling of the Virginia champion.
Campbell Shepard also finished the victory with two hits.
For GA, A.P. Proctor, Brennan Tyler and Jeffrey Morris each had two hits.
FRIDAY
Martin 12, N. Gibson 1
What could be termed as the battle for West Tennessee had Martin with a dozen hits and runs in its drubbing of North Gibson County.
Louie Rechis raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run to lead Martin’s offensive onslaught.
NG’s Matt McMillan had two hits during the loss.
Gaffney 19, Martin 14
Runs were easy to come by in the South Carolina champion’s five-run win against the Weakley Countians.
Dylan Peterson and Jack Masters each offered 3-for-4 outings during the win.
For Martin, Aubrey Bynum was a home run shy of the cycle during the defeat.
Okeeheelee 23, N. Gibson 1
A.J. Evans finished a perfect 4-for-4 to lead the South Florida runner-up in its 22-run routing of the youngsters from Gibson County.
Meanwhile, Alex Qualls, Austin Atkins, Sam McKinney and McMillan each had for hit during the defeat.
Woodruff 12, Smokies 0
The South Carolina runner-up grinded out 11 hits for a dozen runs during Friday’s win over East Tennessee’s best squad.
Caleb Miller (2-for-3) and Jeremiah Stewart (three hits) led the way for Woodruff.
For the Smokies, Fisher Abbott reached safely on three occasions.
Mara Mojo 6, Smokies 0
The Western North Carolina champion jumped on the Smokies and batted around three times before the Tennessee squad elected to just forfeit the game.
As a result, MM got the victory by being awarded one run per inning that would have been played.
San Jose 10, Mara Mojo 8
In what turned out to be a preview of the American Division’s championship game, the South Floridians came out on top.
Kilker and Ricky Hartless were both 2-for-4 during the triumph.
Mara Mojo’s Jason Garfinkle reached safely three times in four plate appearances.
San Jose 6, W’burg 5
John Tod went a perfect 2-for-2 and Mason Yost 2-for-3 during SJ’s slim victory over the Virginia runner-up.
Cole Tross and Chase Bauer both went 2-for-3 with a double during the defeat.
Gaffney 13, Glen Allen
Masters and Kyle Hamrick both went 2-for-4 for the victors as a part of a 15-hit onslaught.
Meanwhile, Proctor and Tyler were 3-for-4 and 2-for-4, respectively, during the loss.
W’burg 24, Woodruff 3
Matt Lansford keyed a 22-hit effort with four safeties to lift W’burg over Woodruff Friday.
Meanwhile, Kevin Mooney and Josiah Monfreda each offered three hits for the victors.
Woodruff committed 12 errors during the loss.
Okeeheelee 25, Glen Allen 4
The South Florida runner-up exploded for 21 hits to drub Virginia’s best.
Dylan Tosto had a double and triple for the victors with Alex Garces and Taylor Clapp both 3-for-4 during the win.
Nick Biddison and Tyler each had one hit during the loss.

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