Published 1:00 am Wednesday, July 4, 2012

An Atmore pitcher prepares to let go during the championship series with Brewton.

Atmore’s 13U Pepsi All-Star team took things all the way down to the wire over the weekend during the district tournament in Brewton, forcing a second game against Brewton Monday night for the championship.

Atmore fell prey to a talented Brewton team in a 6-4 loss Saturday to begin tournament play, but bounced back to demolish Monroeville in an 11-0 routing.

Monday night Atmore fought hard to pull of a 9-3 victory over Brewton, forcing a second game in order to determine a district champ.
The opening game began well for Atmore and they would use the momentum to force the second meeting.

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Kainoa Gumapac got Atmore on the board first in the first inning, and the All-Stars’ defense held strong, keeping Brewton away from home plate.

In third inning action, Gumapac would lead the pack again, with a second score on the night, followed by runs from Nytorious Cooler, Gaetyn Thames and Ryan Johnson to give Atmore a 5-0 lead heading into the fourth inning.

Both defenses threw up a wall in the fourth, but Atmore would find another score in the fifth inning off a second run from Johnson.

Brewton, however, mounted a comeback effort in the fifth, getting on the board three times before Atmore would force them back out of the dugout.

A third run from Gumapac and a second score from both Cooler and Thames solidified the win for Atmore, forcing a rematch in the late, 7:30 game for all the marbles.

Despite a strong early showing, Brewton rallied in the second outing, shutting out the Atmore All-Stars 8-0 and winning the title of district champions for the third straight year. Brewton and Atmore will move on to the state tournament this weekend in Andalusia.