Capping off a successful six-week baseball season, the Moab Braves won Moab City Recreation’s Mustang League championship on Saturday, July 1.
According to head coach Conrad Yanito, the Braves went 10-2-1 during the regular season of the nine-team league for boys in third and fourth grade. The league included four teams from Moab, one from Monticello and four from Blanding.
Yanito said the Braves didn’t lose to any out-of-town teams, but did lose once each to the Moab Royals and the Moab Brewers. He said one of the Braves’ games against the Moab Nationals also ended in a 9-9 tie, despite having gone into a tiebreaker in extra innings — it was also the second game of a double-header.
Yanito said Moab’s other three teams opted not to go to Monticello for the championship tournament on July 1 due to the upcoming holiday weekend, leaving the Braves as Moab’s sole representative at the post-season tourney.
The Moab Braves, seeded No. 2, had a first-round bye. The Blanding Yankees beat the Monticello Dodgers 8-6 in the first round and advanced to play the Moab Braves in the second round.
“We started out slow, but our bats started to hit and we ended up winning 8-1,” Yanito said, adding that Cooper Custer was the winning pitcher.
That victory put the Moab Braves into the tournament finals against the Blanding Braves.
“The championship game started out as a battle of the pitchers,” Yanito said, adding that Moab’s bats again prevailed and the team pulled away for an 11-0 shutout win.
Ean Ellis was the winning pitcher for the Moab Braves, tossing a no-hitter during the first five innings.
Yanito said the team relied on its five strong pitchers throughout the season — Ean Ellis, Lane Peterson, J.T. Dowd, Cooper Custer and Tallen Downard.
Yanito thanked team sponsor Big Horn Lodge, along with the players, parents and assistant coaches for their support throughout the season.