Fall to losers' bracket fails to keep Baughman D-Backs from claiming tourney title

By Marvin Birchfield
star staff

  After finishing a perfect regular season, then dealing with a minor setback in the tournament, the Baughman Manufacturing Diamondbacks erased the blemish by winning two championship games to wear the crown.
  The Diamondbacks wrapped up the season-ending title by beating David's Trophies Tigers 15-5 on Thursday night.
  Baughman's only loss on the year came during the tournament to the hands of the Tigers, which sent the Diamondbacks back into the losers' bracket.
  The Diamondbacks avenged their loss on Tuesday 8-1, and with a fast start on Thursday, the regular-season champs sealed their fate in the postseason.
  "There for a little while I think we might have come into the tournament a little too confident, and then when they beat us that showed the guys and then they stepped up," said Manufacturing coach Rick Baughman. "The championship had to go through the Tigers then, and they were defending champions."
  A total of eight runs were collected by the Diamondbacks in the bottom of the first, as the first six hitters scored before the Tigers captured an out.
  Jesse Honeycutt came in for the first run on the evening, and a hit from Chris Scalf drove in the last the last two scores, with Josh Saults and Caleb Waters crossing home plate.
  The Diamondback defense held off the Tiger attack for the first four innings, but the same was not so for the opposing team.
  An in-the-park home run to deep left field by Alex Baughman scored two runs, with Jeff Kennedy coming home off the play.
  The Diamondbacks added two more runs in the third frame, with the first one coming from a bunt by Saults which brought in Andy Bowers.
  A single by Eric Carter drove in Saults to end the third, and a hit from Justin Wandell and drop on a fly from the Tiger defense scored Kennedy to make it 13-0 through four frames.
  "You can't spot that team eight or nine runs in one inning, but they still did all right," said David's Trophies coach Jimmy Price. "We did good this year though, for we were picked to finish sixth in the tournament and we ended up second."
  The Tigers finally started making some things happen in the top of the fifth, as they captured five runs during the frame.
  A shot from Patterson Cox started the rally, which brought in the first run to score Cody Morton.
  Cox received the game ball for the Tigers with his effort, while the Tigers continued to hit the ball and cut into the lead.
  Two more runs crossed when a ground-out from Ritchie Minton and Tyler Moody.
  A hit to right field by Hunter Pierson brought home Andrew Whitson cutting the deficit to under ten.
  "We were able to beat this team when nobody else did, so that was a sweet victory there," said Price. "I had four seven-year-olds and two of them held the bat wrong at their first practice, so I'm proud of how all of them played."
  The last run came in after a shot over the middle by Christopher Johnson scored Pierson.
  "During the regular season we probably didn't give up 10 runs, and toward the end we slacked up with errors, but we came back and played like we can," said Rick Baughman. "We're real proud of these boys."
  The Diamondbacks added a run in the bottom of the fifth, when a couple of Tiger errors allowed Drew Holtsclaw to come home.
  A triple to deep center field from Walters drove in the last run, with Saults crossing the plate.
  Both Walters and Baughman were given game balls for their performance out on the field in their final matchup.
  With the Tigers needing 10 runs in the last frame, the Diamondbacks defense held by turning them away on three consecutive outs to become the 2004 pee-wee champions.
  "This is one of the best pee-wee teams I've ever been around, and both of the teams out here played great," said Rick Baughman. "I told them how hard it was to be first from start to finish throughout the season, and they just came through and have a lot of heart."