The Emmett Dawgs found that the third time is a charm on Saturday. The U-13 Outlaw baseball team scored three runs early and then held off the Meridian All-Stars 7-5 to win the Longball Legends Tournament at Middleton to conclude the summer season.
Emmett had fallen once before this season to Meridian in a tournament for the Babe Ruth Association teams, 6-5, and dropped a 6-3 decision in the early rounds of the Middleton tournament. Saturday, however, a two-RBI double from Jase Bade helped the Dawgs to grab an early 3-0 advantage. An RBI single by Bade in the second pushed the margin to 4-0 and Meridian could not get closer than one run the rest of the way.
Insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings pushed Emmett to a 7-4 advantage going to the bottom of the sixth. Bade scored sliding under a tag at the plate after leading off with a walk in the fifth and an RBI double by Caden Hinsz in the seventh gave the Dawgs breathing room.
Cousins Ryder and Chase Schiebe split the six-innings of pitching duties and Emmett was consistently clean in fielding the ball to keep the tournament top seed at bay.
Team members who concluded their summer ball were: Jason Binkerhoff, Jase Bade, Caden Hinsz, Ryder Shiebe, Chase Schiebe, Easton White, Isaac Brennan, Carson Alder, Jeremiah Kennedy and Kharsan Kharrl. The Dawgs were coached by Bill White and Will Schiebe.