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Carbon White Brings Home the WBBA World Series Title

Sun Advocate reporter

Little League World Series winning Carbon White team is: Josh Jones, Jeff Blanc (Coach), Daulton Nelson, Jordan Blanc, Jeff Cisneros (Coach) Derek Young, Dylan Vogrinec, Albert Vogrinec (Coach), Nick Rukavina, Dakota Cisneros, Bryce Blackburn, Kayden Feichko, Tyler Procarione and Marcus Montoya.

The Carbon White and Carbon Blue, 11-12 year old All-Star teams, both competed in Logan last week in the WBBA Little World Series. Both teams had to not only battle all the other elite players from around the state, but the flu bug as well as they looked to grab the WBBA Championship title for Carbon County for the first time in 40 years.

In the first two days both teams participated in pool play games. Pool 1 consisted of Carbon White, Logan, Vernal Blue and Morgan. Pool 2 consisted of Carbon Blue, Grantsville, Vernal Red and Providence.

Both teams played one game each on Tuesday. Carbon White defeated Logan 10-0. Carbon Blue lost their first game to Grantsville.

Wednesday was double header day as every team played two games to finish up pool play. The Blue team played Vernal Red and Providence, losing both games. This put their record at 0-3 and the 4th place team for pool 2.

Carbon White went up against Vernal Blue and then Morgan. They beat Vernal Blue, 11-0 and then lost to Morgan 6-4. Carbon White and Morgan both ended pool play with 2-1 records.

Morgan won the head to head match up and went in as the number one seed from pool one. Carbon White was ranked second.

Thursday began championship round games. Losing meant you were eliminated from playing for first place.

Carbon Blue had to start play against Morgan. They lost 7-3, but played their best game of the tournament.

Carbon White played the third ranked team from pool 2, Vernal Red. They took a decisive 16-0 victory over the boys from the Uintah Basin.

Friday Carbon Blue played Vernal Blue and lost. This put the Blue team in the game on Saturday for seventh and eighth place against Vernal Red.

Carbon White defeated Logan once again by a 10-0 score. This put Carbon White in the championship game Saturday against Morgan.

Nick Rukavina throws the ball sky high in celebration of his teams win.

On Saturday Carbon Blue open the day by beating Vernal Red and finishing in seventh place. Providence went on to beat Vernal Blue for fifth and sixth place respectively. Grantsville was victorious over Logan for third. Logan under up with fourth.

With all the other places resolved all eyes focused on the championship game between Morgan and Carbon White. Carbon White won the coin flip for home team advantage. Over the whole tournament Morgan was the only team to even score a run against Carbon White so they knew they were in for the fight of their life.

Holding Morgan scoreless in the first inning, Carbon proceeded to jump up by four runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. A couple of hits in the inning and a two run slam by Marcus Montoya put four on the board. Morgan then came back and got a grand slam in the bottom of the second inning to tie it up.

Carbon did not score in the next three innings as Morgan's pitcher shut them down. Morgan, though, was able to score three more runs over the same three innings; with all of their runs coming on homers. Even though Morgan hit four blasts, the Carbon pitchers continued to hold their own.

Finishing the top of the 5th, Morgan had the 7-4 advantage. In the bottom of the fifth Carbon began to make their own move. A solo shot over the fence by Jordan Blanc and then one by Derek Young brought the score to 7-6.

Helper shut down Morgan in the top of the sixth. With one out and Carbon down a run, Josh Jones crushed a 2-1 pitch over the center field fence to tie the score at seven. Unable to score again, the game went to extra innings.

In the top of the seventh Carbon stepped up their defense and shut Morgan out once again. Carbon came into the bottom of the seventh inning needing only a run to take home the championship.

The first batter up in the inning was Derek Young. Young had homered in the fifth inning and wasted no time in the seventh as he took the 1st pitch over the right center field wall for the game winning, walk off home run. Final score; Carbon White 8, Morgan 7.

Over the whole week the Carbon County fans far out numbered even the local Logan fans. The hundreds that were there wasted no time in congratulating their team from Carbon County. Forty years have past when, in 1967, a team from Helper won the Little World Series.

"It was a complete team effort as all 12 members of the team played and contributed to the final win of a memorable 2007 season." raved Coach Jeff Cisneros.

Carbon White Team is made up of Bryce Blackburn,Jordan Blanc, Dakota Cisneros, Kayden Feichko, Josh Jones,Marcus Montoya, Daulton Nelson, Tyler Procarione, Nick Rukavina, Jamin VanSickle, Dillion Vogrinec and Derek Young. Coaches are Jeff Cisneros, Jeff Blanc and Albert Vogrinec.

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