Stephenville All Stars claim ‘West Region, South Zone’ Mustang League title, advance to play Mexico, others in World Series
E-T Staff Report
CLEBURNE - Making history, the Stephenville All Stars utilized last-inning heroics to defeat the RYA Warriors of North Richland Hills, 18-14, and advance to PONY Baseball’s Mustang League World Series.
With the All Stars trailing 14-13 in the sixth and final inning, center fielder Daniel Bullard ripped a bases-loaded, two-out double, plating three runs and putting the collection of Stephenville Parks and Recreation Department (SPARD) all stars ahead for good.
Pitcher Brock Morrison set the Warriors down in order in the bottom of the sixth inning, striking out the final batter and putting an exclamation point on the All Stars’ Mustang League “West Region, South Zone” championship.
More than 50 teams qualified and competed for the regional crown that the All Stars captured Saturday.
Over the past two months, the Billy Morrison-managed team has captured District, Sectional and Regional championships, winning nine straight games along the way.
“Anytime we have a Stephenville team advancing, it’s positive for Stephenville,” said Drew Wells, the City of Stephenville’s Director of Community Services. “This will be a great experience for the kids and coaches and parents as they go and play teams from beyond the boundaries of Stephenville and Texas.”
The All Stars are now scheduled to play Guasave, Mexico at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity View Park in Irving during the first of three games over three nights during Mustang League World Series’ "White Division" pool play.
Stephenville 18, RYA Warriors 14
The All Stars captured the game with what has become a typical offensive explosion.
Daniel Bullard led the way with five hits in five at-bats, including four singles and the game-saving double, while scoring three runs.
Others who excelled included:
Bradley Morrison, who had two walks and scored two runs, Ben Martin, who had two hits and scored three runs, and pitched well as the starting pitcher in the game before being relieved, Brock Morrison, who had three hits, scored two runs and had one walk. Cameron Reynolds, who had three walks and scored one run, Josh Olivan, who had one walk, was hit by a pitch and scored two runs, Trey Myers, who had one hit, two walks and scored a run, Mason Brown, who had one hit, one walk and scored two runs, Ian Horton, who had one hit and scored a run, Sam Weber, who had one hit and scored one run, and Brenden Clanton, who had one walk.
Also playing well for the All Stars was Tyler Griffin.
The All Stars also defeated Saginaw, 17-8, and the Granbury Stars, a championship “prime team,” 5-4, before winning the title game. Clanton, who had three booming homeruns in those two wins, pitched a six-inning, complete game masterpiece against Granbury.
In addition to playing Guasave, Mexico, the Stephenville All Stars, who are guaranteed three games, will also play the winner of the “North Zone,” which is based in Illinois, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and the winner of the “West Zone,” which is based in California, at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
The other division - “Orange” - will include Ponce, Puerto Rico, and Irving, Texas (the host team), and the winner of the “East Zone,” which is based in Virginia, and another team to be named.
The top two finishers in each of the two "pools" will advance to the semi-finals of the tournament and play at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, while the World Series Championship game will be played at 7:30 that same night.