13Us lead strong showing for Steelheads at Youth World Series

Submitted photo – The Northern Humboldt Steelheads 13Us celebrate their championship over the weekend.

Four Northern Humboldt Steelheads teams made the trip to Sparks, Nevada, over the weekend to compete at the Youth World Series, including the 13Us, who won the championship in their bracket.

The Steelheads 13Us won all six of their games and defeated one of their big rivals twice on the way to the championship.

And all 12 of their players had a big impact over the four days.

“The thing I liked most is that every single player did something to have a hand in a win,” head coach Quintin Carper said. “A lot of kids really stepped up this weekend.”

Hunter Carper, Mateo Reiman and Rhythm Green led the way and were each named all-tournament for the champions.

Hunter Carper was a force at the plate and finished 9-for-14 in just four games, including three home runs.

Hunter, who also drove in 10 runs, hit two of his homers in one game against the Steelheads’ big rivals, the Central Medford Crush.

The Steelheads defeated the Crush 6-3 in pool play on the way to securing the top seed for the playoff round, and then beat them again 6-5 in the tournament semifinals.

Tanner Kees also enjoyed a big tournament for the Steelheads, including getting the win on the mound with an impressive showing against the Muckdogs in the championship game, which the Steelheads won 8-3.

Kees also caught one game for the Steelheads and threw out all five of the opposing runners trying to steal second.

Evan Eagle also enjoyed a big weekend for the local travel club and had “his best tournament to date,” according to the coach.

Eagle played all six games and finished 9-for-14 with  five walks and a team-best .700 on-base-percentage.

Joe Tanno got the win on the mound against the Crush in the semifinal and was one of nine pitchers the Steelheads utilized over the four days, a group that also included Green, who continues to impress with his all-around play..

Reiman also had a big tournament behind the plate, where he continues to perform at a high level.

Cody Wilson, meanwhile, had an impact at the plate and was 5-for-11 with three walks and three hit-by-pitches and also had his best tournament to date, the coach said.

“We had a lot of kids just come to play this weekend,” Quintin Carper said. “They’ve all been working hard. Everybody played their role and did their job.”

Wayde Hutchings sealed the tournament championship with the game-winning catch in left field off a hard hit line drive, while Kayden Williams had three spectacular catches in right field to set the tone defensively in the decider.

Mason Noel also had a couple of key hits, including a two-RBI single in a game against Montana in pool play which helped kickstart a rally when his team was trailing.

Check out one of Hunter Carper’s home runs below …

Braylon Johnson pitched three strong innings in that game to help settle his team, while Ryder Mitchell also had some timely hits to help his team over the weekend.

The Steelheads 9Us, 11Us and 14Us also made the trip to Nevada for the big tournament, and each also had their moments.

A young 9Us squad played some tough competition and finished 1-4, with Crew Hicks, Parker Morgan and Grant Banducci making the all-tournament team.

The 11Us were 3-3 in tournament play, with Cabella Carper, Jake Brunner and Tyson Marshall all named all-tourney.

The 11Us played three one-run games in the playoff round, barely falling to Blue Lion out of Simi Valley 5-4 in the consolation championship.

The Steelheads 14Us also finished 3-3, with Jackson Kelly, Riles Egbert and Blake Santos all named all-tourney.

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