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Tennessee Mojo Survive At PGF 14U Premier Nationals (8/2/19)

Chloe Yeatts of Oklahoma Hotshots Premier-Yeatts 14U. Photo/Carlos Arias.

It was all about survival at the PGF 14U Premier Nationals and it looked like highly-touted Tennessee Mojo 04-Fisher had that part all taken care of after taking a 5-0 lead on Firecrackers-Brashear 2022 after two innings on Friday night at Huntington Beach Sports Complex.

But looks can be deceiving, especially at the PGF Nationals, and the Mojo found themselves in a dogfight with Firecrackers before pulling out a 6-5 victory in 11 innings to advance to the sixth round of the winner’s bracket.

Florida-commit Keagan Rothrock, who threw a perfect game earlier in the day, turned in another outstanding effort to go the distance for the Mojo.

Auburn-commit Taylor Pannell drove in Florida-commit Mia Williams with a sacrifice fly to right field in the top of the 11th to give the Mojo the go-ahead run.

“I mean, it was very long and I’m just of our team that everyone pulled through and no one gave up,” Pannell said. “And Keagan pitched a great game. I just knew that I had to get the ball in the air to the outfield, so she could tag up and score. I mean, we scored five in the first two innings, but we didn’t think we would have to go 11 innings.

Rothrock, who allowed seven hits, no earned runs, four walks and struck out 15 in 11 innings, pitched a perfect bottom of the 11th to help the Mojo escape with the victory.

Georgia-commit Jaydyn Goodwin went 4 for 6 with three runs, Williams went 4 for 6 with two runs and two RBIs, Pannell went 1 for 5 with two RBIs, LSU-commit Maci Bergeron went 2 for 5 with an RBI and Jolie Adams went 2 for 5 as the Mojo built a 5-0 lead after two innings.

But the Firecrackers used some small ball to fight back and manufacture two runs in the bottom of the third, two runs in the bottom of the fourth and tied it in the bottom of the seventh when Kyra Chan stole third on a fake-bunt-steal play and scored on a bad throw, sending the game into ITB.

Chan went 3 for 5 with a steal and two runs scored and Ashlee Annett went 2 for 5 for the Firecrackers.

The Mojo advances to the sixth round of the winner’s bracket to face Oklahoma Hotshots Premier-Nelson on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. at Field 3. The Firecrackers drop down to the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament and will face Hotshots Premier-Nelson on Saturday at 8 a.m. at Field 1.

In other winner’s bracket fifth-round games:

Oklahoma Hotshots Premier-Yeatts 5, OC Batbusters-Campbell/Stith 4: The Hotshots manufactured a run in ITB to knock off the Batbusters with a walk-off win in the bottom of the eighth. Bella Cabral, who went 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two RBIs, moved Taryn Martin to third with a bunt single and Chloe Yeatts drove her in with a grounder to second base that was mishandled by the Batbusters, ending a back-and-forth battle.

“It was an amazing game,” Yeatts said. “Both teams came out ready to fight. Both teams were cheering, both teams had intensity and it just came down to who wanted it more and I guess we wanted it more.”

The Batbusters face Central Cal Dirtdogs-Pickering in the seventh round of the loser’s bracket on Saturday at 8 a.m. at Field 2.

OC Batbusters-Flores 8, Cal Breeze-Fernald 4: Ashley West connected on a three-run homer and Presley Hosick, Ailana Agbayani, Lily Owens and Salem Flores had two hits apiece to lift the Batbusters into the sixth round of the winner’s bracket where they face Arizona Storm-Mathis/Appel, a 2-1 winner over Beverly Bandits DeMarini-Richards, on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. at Field 4.

Cal Breeze faces Texas Bombers Gold-Torres in the loser’s bracket on Saturday at 8 a.m. on Field 4 and the Bandits take on Texas Bombers Gold HTX-Burgess in the the loser’s bracket on Saturday at 8 a.m. at Field 3.

In winner’s bracket fourth-round games:

Oklahoma Hotshots Premier-Yeatts 10, Lady Dukes-Lamar 5: Nyjah Fontenot went 1 for 2 with three runs scored, Taryn Martin doubled and drove in two runs, Chloe Yeatts went 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI and Nay Nay Turner went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored to lead the Hotshots, who used a seven-run rally in the bottom of the sixth to beat the Lady Dukes.

OC Batbusters-Campbell/M. Stith 9, Nor Cal Firecrackers-Mettler 6: Zaniah Puni went 3 for 4 with two homers and seven RBIs, including a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth as the Batbusters rallied to beat the Nor Cal Firecrackers.

Tennessee Mojo 04-Fisher 2, Central Cal Dirtdogs-Pickering 0: Angelee Bueno had an RBI single as the Mojo scored two runs in the top of the seventh and Florida-commit Keagan Rothrock tossed a perfect game with 15 strikeouts to help Mojo shut down the Dirtdogs.

Firecrackers-Brashear 2022 6, Texas Bombers Gold-Jones 1: Kaiah Altmeyer went 4 for 4, Ashlee Annette knocked in three runs, Natalie Apatiga doubled and made three spectacular defensive plays and Sydney Saldana got the complete game win for the Firecrackers.

OC Batbusters-Flores 2, Texas Bombers Gold HTX-Burgess 1: Ashley West went 2 for 3 with a homer and two RBIs and Presley Hosick got the complete game victory to lift the Batbusters over the Bombers.

Cal Breeze-Fernald 7, Explosion-Flores/Mays 1: D’Auna Johnson homered, Imani Black went2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs and Laila Ledesma doubled and drove in two runs to lead the Breeze.

Beverly Bandits DeMarini-Richards 8, Birmingham Thunderbolts-Flannery 4: Renae Cunningham went 2 for 5 with two homers and four RBIs and she pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts to help the Bandits take out the Bolts.

Arizona Storm-Mathis/Appel 1, Texas Bombers Gold-Torres 0: Krista Martinez drove in Jaclyn Ibarra with a single in the top of the seventh and Jocelyn Briski threw a three-hit shutout with five strikeouts as the Storm defeated the Bombers.


PGF NATIONALS SCOREBOARD


14U PREMIER

WINNER’S BRACKET A

FOURTH ROUND

Oklahoma Hotshots Premier-Yeatts 10, Lady Dukes-Lamar 5

OC Batbusters-Campbell/M. Stith 9, Nor Cal Firecrackers-Mettler 6

Tennessee Mojo 04-Fisher 2, Central Cal Dirtdogs-Pickering 0

Firecrackers-Brashear 2022 6, Texas Bombers Gold-Jones 1

FIFTH ROUND

Oklahoma Hotshots Premier-Yeatts 5, OC Batbusters-Campbell/M. Stith 4 (8 innings)

Tennessee Mojo 04-Fisher 6, Firecrackers-Brashear 2022 5 (11 innings)

WINNER’S BRACKET B

FOURTH ROUND

OC Batbusters-Flores 2, Texas Bombers Gold HTX-Burgess 1

Cal Breeze-Fernald 7, Explosion-Flores/Mays 1

Beverly Bandits DeMarini-Richards 8, Birmingham Thunderbolts-Flannery 4

Arizona Storm-Mathis/Appel 1, Texas Bombers Gold-Torres 0

FIFTH ROUND

OC Batbusters-Flores 8, Cal Breeze-Fernald 4

Arizona Storm-Mathis/Appel 2, Beverly Bandits DeMarini-Richards 1

LOSER’S BRACKET A

THIRD ROUND

Sorcerer-Schroll 9, Firecrackers-Brashear 2023 0

EC Bullets 04-Mayfield 12, So Cal Athletics-Grasse/Molina 3

Hotshots Premier-Nelson 12, EC Bullets 04-CFL 3

Suncats-Jimenez/Noriega 15, OC Batbusters-Gonzalez 3

Corona Angels-Perez 5, So Cal Athletics-Medina/Briggs 2

Beverly Bandits DeMarini Futures 9, Illusions Premier-Cain 5

So Cal Athletics-Limo 9, LTG Lions-Henderson/Lively 3

Rhode Island Thunder 10, Gainesville Gold-McFadyen 0

FOURTH ROUND

Sorcerer-Schroll 13, EC Bullets 04-Mayfield 5

Hotshots Premier-Nelson 2, Suncats-Jimenez/Noriega 1

Beverly Bandits DeMarini Futures 6, Corona Angels-Perez 1

Rhode Island Thunder 10, So Cal Athletics-Limo 0

FIFTH ROUND

Sorcerer-Schroll 7, Lady Dukes-Lamar 0

Hotshots Premier-Nelson 9, Nor Cal Firecrackers-Mettler 1

Central Cal Dirtdogs-Pickering 2, Beverly Bandits DeMarini Futures 1

Rhode Island Thunder 4, Texas Bombers Gold-Jones 0

SIXTH ROUND

Hotshots Premier-Nelson 6, Sorcerer-Schroll 3

Central Cal Dirtdogs-Pickering 8, Rhode Island Thunder 4

LOSER’S BRACKET B

THIRD ROUND

Batbusters-Guthrie 3, Team North Carolina-Eaton 1

Indiana Magic Gold-Bay 7, Ohio Hawks-Hutchinson 0

Corona Angels-FTS 2, Firecrackers-Brashear/Venegas 1

Corona Angels-Tyson 7, Salinas Storm-Plascencia 0

Illinois Chill Gold 7, Lil Rebels-Vern/Gordie 1

NW Bullets-Dawson 2, Firecrackers Central Cal-Wallace 0

Ohana Tigers-Holloway/Contreras 2, USA Athletics-Mathis 1

Athletics-Mercado/Greg 1, Delaware Cobras 0

FOURTH ROUND

Indiana Magic Gold-Bay 6, Batbusters-Guthrie 4

Corona Angels-Tyson 12, Corona Angels-FTS 1

Illinois Chill Gold 3, NW Bullets-Dawson 1

Athletics-Mercado/Greg 5, Ohana Tigers-Holloway/Contreras 2

FIFTH ROUND

Texas Bombers Gold HTX-Burgess 7, Indiana Magic Gold-Bay 1

Corona Angels-Tyson 7, Explosion-Flores/Mays 3

Birmingham Thunderbolts-Flannery 8, Illinois Chill Gold 1

Texas Bombers Gold-Torres 3, Athletics-Mercado/Greg 2

SIXTH ROUND

Texas Bombers Gold HTX-Burgess 1, Corona Angels-Tyson 0

Texas Bombers Gold-Torres 4, Birmingham Thunderbolts-Flannery 2

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