WILMINGTON — The 11-under Equip baseball team’s season will last at least one more week.
Equip reached the Cal Ripken 11-under World Series with a victory in the Southeast Regional Tournament played July 17-20 in Wilmington. Equip moves on to play in the 11-under World Series in Jensen Beach, Fla., on Aug. 3-10.
Equip beat the tournament’s defending champions Phipps Park Fla. 12-3 in the finals on July 20. Equip had to overcome an earlier loss in the tournament, but managed to stay alive by winning a semi-finals game before beating Phipps Park.
Equip got solid pitching and hitting against Phipps Park. Nate Gutschall got the win on the mound after scattering three hits and striking out five batters in 32/3 innings.
Luke Edmisten picked up the save by pitching the final 21/3 innings of the game. Edmisten gave up two hits and just one run. Gutschall or Edmisten gave up a walk.
Equip’s offense banged out 10 hits. Jake Blanton, Edmisten and Cade Keller each had two hits. Edmisten, Keller, Evan Burroughs and Austin Dye all finished with two RBIs for Equip. Blanton also stole three bases.
Equip reached the finals by rolling past Supper 12-1 in the semifinals, also on July 20. Burroughs scattered five hits on three innings work on the mound, while Gutschall gave up a hit in one inning on the mound and also had two hits offensively. Edmisten and Keller each drove in two runs.
Equip was also active on the base paths by stealing 11 bases. Cameron Craft, Cooper Greene Keller and Wit Williamson each stole two bases.
Equip opened the tournament July 17 with an 11-1 victory over Northside, Va. Edmisten got Equip off to a good start by not allowing any runs on 31/3 innings pitched. Burroughs went 2-for-3 from the plate and scored two runs, while Edmisten and Keller each drove in two runs.
Equip added a 11-1 win over Deep River, N.C. in the next round. Edmisten pitched four innings and gave up one hit and one run on just 36 pitches in the win.
Burroughs and Greene each drove in two runs and Kilby Hartley had a hit, drove in a run and scored two runs for Equip.
Equip suffered its lone defeat, a 11-4 win over Glen Allen, Va. On July 19. Williams went 1-for-3 with a double from the plate, while Greene allowed just two hits and two runs in 22/3 innings.
One game earlier, Equip beat Oakleaf, Fla. 10-4. Burroughs scattered three hits and a run in three innings. Keller pitched two scoreless innings.
The team has started a gofundme.com page to help pay for the trip. The goal is to raise $12,000 to help the team pay for travel expenses, jersey costs and accommodations for seven days of baseball.
To contribute, donors are encouraged to visit the website https://tinyurl.com/y5juxz7a.