The Braves Scout Team defeated the Orange County Boxers 7-1 Monday afternoon in Jupiter, Florida, to claim the 2009 World Wood Bat Association World Championship.
The championship game was the culmination of 5 days of outstanding baseball by 85 teams and over 1,500 of the top high school age players in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. It was also one of, if not the most, heavily scouted such events in history.
The title was the second in three years for the Braves Scout Team, although under very different circumstances. The team was organized by former Atlanta Braves scouting supervisor Tom Battista and is made up of a core of players from ABD’s top junior team. The 2007 WWBA World Champion Braves Scout Team was organized and run by Battista around of core of players from the Midland Redskins organization.
It was the first time that a team made up of underclassman, in this case 2011 and 2012 graduates, has ever won the WWBA World Championship
With Battista no longer working for the Braves organization, there is no telling what the 2010 edition of the team will be called.
The Orange County Boxers also have a tie-in to the ABD organization, which is based out of Southern California. Many of their players play for the Temecula Boxers, ABD’s #2 senior team. The ABD Bulldogs, the top ABD senior team and the defending WWBA World Champions, were eliminated from this year’s tournament during pool play.
Both teams had won their semifinal matchups earlier Monday in convincing fashion and were playing their 8th game in four days.
The Braves defeated the Diamond Devils 3-0 behind a dominating pitching performance by LHP Daniel Camarena. Camarena threw a two-hit complete game shutout, striking out 12 hitters.
The Boxers reached the championship game by downing the Orlando Scorpions 6-1 behind six solid innings from LHP Robert Kraft. The Scorpions were seeking a WWBA double, as their junior team won the WWBA Underclass World Championship two weeks ago.
The Boxers took an early lead in the championship game, played under sunny skies and near record temperatures for late October in Florida. LF Callen Dawson stroked a one out double to left field in the top of the second inning and scored on a single by SS Steven Pallares.