DALLAS --- The 2017 spring/summer baseball season came to a close after three teams concluded the year by competing in the World Series. TR Baseball 11U, 12U, and 13U combined to play a total eighteen games in the span of a week, battling through the heat at various venues throughout the Dallas metroplex. Throughout each team's World Series, many players elevated their game and turned in exceptional performances at the plate, on the hill, and on defense by showing the ability to flash the leather. The TR Baseball Organization is proud to announce the World Series Most Valuable Players for each team.
Carter Cole - TR Baseball 11U
Carter Cole fueled TR Baseball 11U's high powered offense throughout the AAYBA World Series, where his elevated game and his contributions at the plate propelled his team to a runner-up finish. Cole consistently feasted on the oppositions pitching throughout his seven games played, going 10-16 (.625) with a double, triple, two walks, and five runs scored in eighteen plate appearances. He also led TR Baseball 11U with nine runs batted in and eight stolen bases in the World Series. Cole's dominance at the plate allowed him to finish as the TR Baseball Organization's leading hitter by concluding the 2017 season with a .507 batting average.
Jordan Zerner - TR Baseball 12U
The contributions at the plate from Jordan Zerner were simply astonishing as he guided TR Baseball 12U to a 4-1 record in the Travel Sports World Series. Throughout his six games played out of the lead off spot in the TR Baseball 12U batting order, Zerner went 7-13 (.538) with a pair of triples, six RBI, two walks, and ten runs scored in fifteen plate appearances. Jordan also used his blazing speed on the base paths where he swiped six stolen bases.
Adam Gillett - TR Baseball 13U
Left handed slugger Adam Gillett gave TR Baseball 13U a lift offensively throughout the AAYBA World Series. In his six games played, Adam went 4-12 at the plate with a double, two RBI, and five runs scored in twelve plate appearances. Gillett consistently provided his ball club with productive at bats, with majority of his outs coming from his willingness to sacrifice his own at bat to move runners into scoring position or send them across to score.
Aaron Reeves - TR Baseball 11U
Right handed pitcher Aaron Reeves took his game on the mound to another level where he guided TR Baseball 11U to a runner-up finish in the AAYBA World Series. Reeves flourished in each of his two starts on the hill, tossing the TR Baseball Organization's 20th no-hitter in his first outing against the Southlake Dragons that was followed by a six inning complete game performance in the semifinal game against the North Texas Heroes. In the World Series, Aaron combined to allow no earned runs and just two base hits, walked eight and struck five in eight innings pitched.
Connor Cornell - TR Baseball 12U
The efforts on the mound from right handed hurler Connor Cornell could not be left unnoticed as he was a major factor in TR Baseball 12U's success in the Travel Sports World Series. Cornell, who made two relief appearances in the World Series, left the opposing batters befuddled at the plate in which he allowed just one earned run and three base hits, walked two and struck out four in his four innings pitched. Connor also earned his second win of the season in his relief outing against Warriors Baseball.
Walker Anderson - TR Baseball 13U
Anderson has quietly had an outstanding season on the mound and one of the program's front line starting pitchers as he continued his excellence throughout the AAYBA World Series. The TR Baseball 13U workhorse made two starts for his ball club on the hill, logging nine in his two combined appearances where he allowed three earned runs and seven base hits, walked three and struck out eight. Anderson also picked up second win of the season by tossing a six inning complete game shutout against the TCA Twins.
Caden Robert - TR Baseball 11U
The strong defensive support displayed by Caden Robert was a big piece to TR Baseball 11U's success in the AAYBA World Series. Robert's versatility allowed him to move around the field, appearing in games behind the plate, in the outfield, and at third base. In his seven games played in the World Series, Robert recorded three assists, eight putouts, two double plays, and committed just one error in twelve total chances.
Ben Woodward - TR Baseball 12U
Ben Woodward's stellar play throughout the Travel Sports World Series on defense allowed the TR Baseball 12U player to claim his third Defensive Player of the Week honors. Woodward battled the excruciating heat from behind the plate, appearing in three of TR Baseball 12U's five games. The backstop recorded twenty-one puts and committed just one error in his twenty-two total chances. Ben also displayed the willingness to sacrifice his body on pitches in the dirt, yielding only one passed ball in seventeen innings behind the dish.
Trevor Ullmann - TR Baseball 13U
The defensive play exhibited by Trevor Ullmann throughout the AAYBA World Series was simply remarkable. Logging twenty-three innings behind the plate in five of TR Baseball 13U's six games, Ullmann allowed just one passed ball and gunned down three base runners attempting to steal. He also recorded four assists, twenty-one putouts, one double play, and committed just one error in his twenty-six total chances in the World Series.