By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (July 27, 2017) — It was all Stephenville in the final pairing of the Texas Teenage Baseball 15U championships, fittingly played in Stephenville City Park.
Both clubs were strong in representing the City of Champions on the Lions Club Field, but only one could climb the throne and claim, well, royalty.
The Stephenville Royals pulled off a 5-0 and 13-3 double-header sweep of the winner’s bracket finalist Stephenville Rangers, who entered the tournament with a 6-4 record because of its battles with the Royals throughout league play in the Stephenville Parks and Recreation Department (SPARD).
Iron does indeed sharpen iron, as the two made one another better all summer, ending as the top 15U teams in the state.
The Royals (15-1) lost only once, 5-3 to the Rangers (9-6) in the second round of the tournament. The Rangers continued their strong finish to the year, beating De Leon to take the unbeaten advantage into the final pairing.
But the Royals were giants awakened by their only loss. They resumed the dominance they displayed throughout a 10-0 SPARD season, eliminating the Dublin Yankees 10-0 and De Leon Elite 13-2 to circle back to the Rangers. Following their lone loss, the Royals won their remaining four contests by a combined score of 41-5, and that was against three of the top six teams in all of TTAB.
The Dublin Yankees tied for fifth to end their strong four-year run dating back to their last season of 12U ball and including top three finishes in 15U in 2015 and 2016.
De Leon finished third, giving local teams four of the top six spots.
Action photos by The Flash Today