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Tri-County earns spot in finals

By MIKE FORMAN
Aug. 3, 2012 at 3:03 a.m.


WEIMAR - Dylan Blaha hasn't forgotten how his high school baseball career at Weimar had come to an end.

Blaha pitched a shutout through six innings, but District 28-2A championWeimar lost to Tidehaven in the area round of the playoffs.

"We had a disappointing high school season," Blaha said. "My mom always told me that God had to have some reason why we lost so early after going so deep the last two years. I pitched the second game of this World Series and to get a chance to throw my second game was a great opportunity and I tried to make the most of it."

Blaha pitched a three-hit shutout to lead Texas Tri-Counties to a 3-0 win over Cape Cod, Mass., in a semifinal game of the Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 World Series on Friday night at Veterans Memorial Park Strickland Field.

Tri-Counties will return to Veterans Memorial Park to play Onondaga, N.Y., in the championship game on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Onondaga defeated Tri-Counties 8-0 in the first game of American pool play, and moved into the final with a 9-8 win over Modesto, Calif., on Friday.

Blaha struck out 11, walked one and hit a batter and never allowed a runner past second base.

"I didn't watch them play at all, but my coaches scouted them and they had a pretty good scouting report," said Blaha, who threw 70 of his 102 pitches for strikes. "I was trying to throw away and let my curveball get them off guard."

Blaha also got some defensive support from his teammates, who turned two double plays.

Flatonia's Colby Mica threw out a runner attempting to steal second base in the fourth inning to complete a strikeout-throw out twin killing.

Yoakum's Blake McCracken made a running catch of a fly ball in left field and fired a strike to second baseman Regan McAda of Hallettsville to double off Zach Zaino in the sixth inning.

McCracken also led off Tri-Counties' three-run fifth inning with a bunt single. Weimar's Ryan Rerich had a RBI double and La Grange's Logan Vinklarek added a sacrifice fly.

Vinklarek also drove in Tri-Counties first run with an infield single in the first inning.

Blaha will continue his baseball career at the University of Houston-Victoria in the upcoming season.

But before beginning his college career, he'd like to help Tri-Counties become the first team to win a World Series championship on its home field since 1975.

"It would be great," Blaha said, "especially with the guys who are on the team."

Tri-Counties 4, Cape Cod 0

Tri-Counties 100 030 0 - 4 7 0

Cape Cod 000 000 0 - 0 3 3

Dylan Blaha and Colby Mica. Mike Molta and Luke Cataruis. W: Blaha. L: Molta. 2B: (TC) Laken Grimes, Ryan Rerich; (CC) Dan DiMaiteo. Highlights: (CC) Zach Zaino 1 for 2. (TC) Blaha 7 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 HP, 11 K; Ryan Rerich 2 for 4, 2B, R, RBI; Logan Vinklarek 2 for 3, 2 RBIs; Laken Grimes 1 for 3, 2B; Blake McCracken 1 for 3, R.

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