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Young Guns post a 2-3-1 record in South Carolina at Ripken Tourney


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The Michigan Young Guns pose for a photo at the Tidal Wave Tourney. They are front assistant coach Don Wlltse, Dylan Belan, Gavin Dempz, hall of famer Andre Dawson, Blake Wiltse, Dominik Dortch and coach Wayne Smith; middle assistant coach Tom Moore, Cameron Maybe, Shane Williams, Nolan Hoffman, Landon Kruse and asssistant coach Mark Dempz; and back Blake Kapron, Preston Allis, Casey Wagner, Daniel Patrias and Zack Adkins.

July 10, 2019
TRI-CITY AREA — The Michigan Young Guns 16U baseball team hit the highway recently, finishing with a a 2-3-1 mark at the Ripken Tidal Wave Tournament.

Play unfolded July 1-4 at Cal Ripken Field and Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The Michigan Young Guns started their tournament stint Monday, July 1 with a 2-0 victory over Dodger Nation, which hailed from New York.

The team faced Great Lakes Wave next, ending the contest with an 8-8 verdict.

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The Michigan Young Guns then went to 1-1-1 with an 8-0 loss to Old Line on Tuesday, July 2.

Later that day, the Michigan Young Guns bounced back with an 11-1 triumph against the Knights, out of New York.

That was followed by a 5-2 setback to Diamondbacks.

Those outcomes earned the Michigan Young Guns the number three seed entering Thursday's elimination round.

It was there the Michigan Young Guns saw their tournament path draw to a close with a 10-7 loss to Dodger Nation. That battle lasted three and a half hours before a victor was decided.

"I am extremely proud of this group of young men," Michigan Young Guns Coach Wayne Smith said. "They gave me everything they had with temperatures reaching over 100 degrees and turf temps hitting 160," he noted.

"As their coach I could not have asked for more."

Landon Kruse (Almont), Blake Kapron (Almont), Gavin Dempz (Almont), Dylan Belan (Imlay City), Daniel Patrias (Brown City), Blake Wiltse (Brown City), Shane Williams (Lapeer), Preston Allis (Davison), Dominik Dortch (Davison), Cameron Maybe (Davison), Nolan Hoffman (Davison), Casey Wagner (Davison) and Zack Adkins (Frankenmuth) comprised the roster of the Michigan Young Guns.

Smith was assisted by Mark Dempz, Tom Moore and Don Wiltse.

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.
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