BY MICHAEL HELD
SMITHFIELD—As co-founder Jeff Davis looked on and proclaimed that Wiffle Ball is indeed a young man’s game, relative newcomers the Rays unseated defending champions Uncensored, 18-3, in the championship game of the 37th installment of the North Carolina Wiffle Ball tournament to take the title.
Held at the Smithfield Community Park on July 14-15, the Rays went unbeaten in the double elimination tournament and outscored their opponents, 67-11.
In the title game, Uncensored took the early 3-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to a three-run bomb from reigning MVP Jordan Adams.
Next it was the Rays’ turn and the foursome of Caleb Byrd, Hunter Grantham, Spencer Griswold and Tyler Jackson quickly showed they were more than capable of putting up some runs in bunches.
After a nice defensive play from Uncensored’s Craig Hardin put the defending champs one out away from holding onto its three-run lead until the second inning, the Rays went to work with 15 consecutive hits that resulted in 15 runs.
Byrd homered three times and drove in 10 runs in the first inning alone and his grand slam capped off the impressive display as he was later named the tournament MVP.
Byrd totaled six hits for the game but it was Griswold and Jackson who each led the team with seven hits apiece. Grantham collected four singles and drove in a run.
Hardin collected three of Uncensored’s base hits while Reid Barefoot pitched in with a pair of singles.
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