Former Heritage High, Georgia Tech and Baltimore Orioles organization third baseman and pitcher Andy Mitchell led his SDG Angels select travel baseball team to the Southern Sports Summer Slam 12u Championship at Shorty Howell Park in Duluth this past weekend.
The Angels, based in Covington, lost a heartbreaker to begin Pool Play Saturday when they left the bases loaded in their last at-bat in a 3-2 loss to the WR Heat from Bonaire.
After their opening game, the Angels plated two runs in the last inning in a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Home Plate Chilidogs of Peachtree City to advance to the single elimination cChampionship rounds Sunday.
On Sunday, the Angels easily handled the FCA/Hitters Park Cardinals of Cumming, 17-5 and the Powder Springs Silverhawks, 18-2 to advance to the Championship game against the Gresham Park Pirates of Decatur.
In a thrilling Championship game the Angels came from 0-1, 1-3 and 5-7 deficits to win the game in walk-off fashion 8-7. J.D. Smith drove in the winning run in the championship game.
After an opening game loss, the SDG Angels won 4 games in a row, including 2 come-from-behind, walk-off victories, to win the Southern Sports Summer Slam Championship, finishing the Tournament at 4-1. Each player was presented a Championship Ring for their efforts.
Every player contributed to the Angels title. Caden Brown had nine hits in the five games and scored eight runs. Gehrig Knapp had nine hits and stole 11 bases. Payton Shaw scored four runs and J.D. Smith had four RBI. Luke Burnett hit a homerun and had four RBI.
Nolan Mitchell tied the Championship game with an RBI sacrifice groundout in the last inning. Braydon Smith hit two home runs and had six RBI. Byron Johnson added a homerun and three RBI. Cooper Duncan scored four runs, including the game-winner in the Championship game. Luke Smith had seven hits including two home runs and had eight RBI. Hunter Hays hit 4 home runs, knocked in 12 runs and scored nine runs.
The Angels pitching staff included Knapp, who was 2-0 with 17 strikeouts in eight innings pitched. Mitchell went 1-0 in relief work. Luke Smith went 1-1 and recorded the lowest ERA for SDG with a 1.90. Hays struckout six in two innings pitched and Johnson was credited with a save.
The DHYS Red Devils from Decatur, the Hopewell Hawks from Milton and the MCBA-NJYS Mariners from Stockbridge filled out the 12u group of nine.
SDG Angels Assistant coaches were Mike Brown and R.J. Johnson.