The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 21, 2013

Rain wipes out final two rounds of Premier tournament

Persistent rainfall Saturday night and Sunday morning delayed and ultimately ended the Premier Baseball Junior Championship tournament.

Quarterfinal games that were suspended by rain and lightning Saturday night were completed Sunday morning before more rain led to the cancellation of the semifinals and finals.

Three of the four teams that advanced to the semifinals were comprised of high school players from Texas.

Defending champion Austin Wings Black defeated Rawlings St. Louis Prospects Red 9-3, and the Columbia Angels defeated New York Nine 9-0. LIDS Indiana Bulls Black, a 2012 finalist, defeated Arkansas Rawlings Prospects Clark 13-6.

No. 1 seed Houston Kyle Chapman Blue broke a 5-5 tie with a run in the bottom of the 11th inning Sunday morning and defeated Houston Heat Silver 6-5 at Joe Becker Stadium.

Kyle Chapman Blue starting pitcher Tristan Gray, who has verbally committed to Rice, allowed one run on four hits through the first six innings. He walked three and struck out five.

Gray, a 6-foot-2, 157-pound right-hander from Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas, bats left-handed and was 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored.

Kyle Chapman Blue led 3-1 going into the seventh inning, but Houston Heat Silver scored four runs on four hits, including Ty Ewart’s RBI triple to left-center field, and took a 5-3 lead.

Kyle Chapman Blue tied the score in the bottom of the seventh on Dylan Paul’s leadoff triple to center field followed by RBI singles from Christian Caudle and Chris Suarez.

The scored remained tied at 5-5 until the bottom of the 11th. Kyle Chapman Blue’s Ryder Lucas led off with a single Saturday night, then the game was suspended by rain.

Caudle walked as the first batter Sunday morning, and the runners advanced on Monty Maley’s sacrifice before Suarez drove in the winning run when he grounded a single into center field.

Trey Supak had no decision to show for 5 2/3 innings of relief pitching for Houston Heat Silver. Supac, a 6-5, 220-pound right-hander from LaGrange, Texas, allowed six hits, walked three and struck out seven.

COLUMBIA ANGELS 9, NEW YORK NINE 0

The Angels scored six runs in the first inning and had a combined five-inning, six-hit shutout from pitchers Collin Schaaf and Dylan Lyster.

The Angels, who drew seven walks to go along with their five hits, were led by outfielder Kaleb Denny, who walked three times and scored twice. Brock Bartley and Daniel Halevy each had two RBIs.

AUSTIN WINGS BLACK 9, RAWLINGS ST. LOUIS 3

Tyler Payne had three doubles among seven extra-base hits for Wings Black, who led 9-0 after two innings.

Payne, Grayson Williams, Chance Callihan and Tate Shaw each drove in two runs for Wings Black. Keith Grieshaber of Rawlings St. Louis had two doubles and drove in a run.

LIDS INDIANA BULLS BLACK 13, ARKANSAS RAWLINGS 6

Infielder Macy Holdsworth was 2-for-3 with a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored for Bulls Black.

Arkansas Rawlings scored all of their runs in the fourth inning. Infielder Chandler Thompson was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

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