A dominant performance on the mound by Tyler Howe, followed by timely hitting and capitalizing on mistakes, led Canes Simpson to an 8-0 win over EPA Gold to win the 14U title at the Myrtle Beach Summer Nationals on Monday.
Howe allowed just three hits on the game with one walk and six strikeouts in the six-inning effort that was made a complete game on the mound by the effort of his offense. He would also have a bunt single in the third and would come around to score as part of a four-run inning.
“[Tyler’s] fastball was really good actually,” said catcher Noah Franklin. “He was able to locate it really well. His offspeed was working really well too. Honestly, he made it really easy for me. It’s good when you know you’ve got runners on and he’s going to locate his spot. It makes it a lot easier to know that you’re not going to have to instantly block. You can stay up and frame the pitch as best as possible.”
With nine of the first 10 batters being retired by Howe and the defense in the field, it gave time for the Canes offense to settle into the contest. After scoring two off a pair of EPA miscues in the first, Canes Simpson was able to come back with four runs in the third to take a commanding 6-0 lead.
That would prove to be more than enough runs for Howe. The lefty did not allow a runner past second throughout the game, keeping EPA Gold stymied in the batter’s box for the majority of the contest. Up 7-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Rowen Simpson would single to right to plate the game-winning run as Canes Simpson won in walk-off fashion thanks to the run rule.
At the end of four long, hot days, Canes Simpson was able to walk away with their fourth championship of the season. “It feels awesome,” Howe said. “We had confidence that we just wanted to win the ball game and try to do it with some class, so it was great.”