Texas squad captures National Youth crown

Texas squad captures National Youth crown

Texas squad captures National Youth crown
The Banditos Black team from Tomball, Texas, never quit and now has a new title to show for its effort: National Champions.

On Sunday, Banditos Black rallied for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to power their way to a 13-6 victory against the San Diego Stars for the National Youth Baseball Championships 12U crown at Mark Neel Field in Memphis, Tenn.

It was a game for the ages -- all ages.

Tied at 6 in the top of the seventh, Cole Secrest, the Banditos' no. 9 hitter, broke the tie with a two-run single to push his team ahead, 8-6. He scored the team's ninth run later in the frame and Matthew Mitchell also hit a three-run home run in the eventful inning for a 12-6 lead. The Banditos tacked on another run by Shane Daughety to push the lead to seven runs.

It was quite a comeback for the Texas team.

San Diego led, 6-2, in the sixth inning and needed only one out to secure the 12U title but Banditos Black slugger Landon Miner hit a three-run home run with two outs in the final inning to pull the Texas team within one run. Mitchell followed with a solo home run to tie the game at 6.

Banditos Black played well early and led 2-1 after three innings. The Texans looked to build momentum heading in the second half of the game but all that changed in the bottom half of the fourth inning when San Diego scored four runs to pull ahead, 5-2.

In the eventful fourth inning, San Diego's Matt Rudick tied the game at 2 with a single. Later, Christian Moya raced home on an errant throw back to the pitcher to put San Diego up, 3-2. Rudick scored from third on a wild pitch to extend San Diego's lead to 4-2 and Stone Scoppettuolo drove a run home with a single to put San Diego up by three runs.

Moya also shined on defense, making an outstanding diving catch in left field in the top of the fifth inning.

The San Diego squad scored again in the fifth to extend the advantage to 6-2. San Diego starter Zach DeLoach shined on mound for six innings and was able to pitch out of several jams in the game. He was charged with only two earned runs.

Hayden Evans was the winning pitcher for Banditos Black.

• In earlier action, Banditos Black topped Team Florida, 9-5, in the first game of the day to advance to the final.

Miner was charged with five runs (four earned) in six innings for the victory. He walked one batter and struck out six. Daniel Cabrera hit a double and a triple while Mitchell went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs for Banditos Black in the winning effort.

Brendan Fox had three hits and Jordan Murray hit a home run for Team Florida.

In the second game of the day, San Diego Stars edged MBA Pride (Daytona, Fla.), 5-4, to set up the championship showdown with Banditos Black.

Rudick, DeLoach and Scoppettuolo each notched two hits in the victory. DeLoach also hit a home run and Rudick pitched six innings for the win. William Rosado went 2-for-3 with a home run for MBA Pride.

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.