Photo by Beau Bearden.
KINGMAN – One year ago, Blythe, California came up short in its quest to win a District 9 Championship as it lost to Lake Havasu City South.
The 10-12 All Stars put that setback in the rearview mirror Wednesday night, as they cruised to a 12-1 win over Mohave Valley in five innings due to the run-rule during the District 9 Tournament title game at Southside Park.
“Walking off this field was tough last year,” Blythe manager William Fletcher said. “To come back this year and be here again, and this time do it, I’m so proud of these kids.”
Blythe’s championship win was even more impressive considering it was a complete team-effort. Not only did the offense finish with 13 total hits and 12 RBI’s, but the pitching duo of Ty Cruz and Ty Phipps shut down Mohave Valley.
Cruz started the game and yielded a leadoff homer before putting on a pitching clinic. He allowed just four hits, while finishing with six strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings of work.
Phipps, meanwhile, struck out four in 1 1/3 innings of relief.
“These kids fight and they do well with each other,” Fletcher said. “Ty Cruz did a good job giving us an early lead with that home run and then pitching us out of jams. Ty Phipps came in afterwards and closed it.”
Cruz gave Blythe’s offense a spark in the top of the first, as he connected on a two-run homer. Mohave Valley’s…
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