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Yoakum all-stars headed to state tournament

By BY MICHAEL S. MCCRACKEN - SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE
July 17, 2014 at 2:17 a.m.

Yoakum's junior league division won the section IV championship and will play Saturday and Sunday in Tyler for the Texas East championship and a chance to move on. Team members are, front row from left: Devon Chumchal, Mason Zaruba, Denver Evans, Rhett Izard, Jordan Moore and manager Greg Miears; middle row, from left: Conner Brandt, Hunter Kvinta, Holden Lauer, Dustin Bennett and Trevor Fikac;  back row from left: coach Kim Kvinta, coach Ronnie Lauer, coach Layne Brandt and Josh Moore.

The Yoakum Junior League Baseball All-Stars will be headed to the 2014 Junior League Baseball Texas East State Tournament in Tyler this weekend with the chance to earn a berth to the Little League World Series.

Yoakum rallied with back-to-back wins over El Campo earlier this week in Refugio to claim the Texas East Section IV Championship.

Yoakum opened the sectional tournament with a 15-5 win over Victoria East on Friday before falling to El Campo 12-9 on Saturday.

Yoakum then knocked off Orange Grove 9-5 on Sunday before claiming 15-6 and 15-10 wins over El Campo on Monday and Tuesday night, respectively.

"These boys have no quit in them," manager Greg Miears said. "We've been down numerous times this summer, but these boys remain calm and play the game to the very end."

Yoakum trailed 5-0 to El Campo on Monday before rallying to knot the game up at 6-6 and take the 15-6 win in eight innings.

El Campo held a 9-8 lead after five innings of play on Tuesday, but Yoakum plated seven runs in its final two at-bats to put the game away.

"For whatever reason, we seem to get hot with the bats late in the game," Miears added. "We start off slow but finish strong."

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