The Guadalupe HS Slashers have won the Nor-Am High School World Series, trouncing the Dallas Sports Academy Bats 10-1 tonight in the final game of a best-of-three series.
With the win, the Slashers become the inaugural team to win the honor in the NAHS league’s first season.
Sarnia, Ontario’s Jaden Houston pitched a gem for 6.0 innings for the Tlaxcala, Mexico-based Slashers, allowing just 4 hits, a run and holding Dallas to 3 walks, while striking out 10 Bats batters.
But the real story of the game was the incredible offensive breakout the Slashers had, with batters knocking hits right through the entire lineup. Guadalupe High combined for 19 hits in all, including two home runs and two doubles, whilst leaving an astonishing 17 runners on base.
The hometown Bats were unable to answer with more than a single run, which came after a 1-out triple from Will Mullett put him into scoring position for a 2-out single from Peter Marion, in the 4th inning.
Jonathan VIlligrana took the loss for Dallas, after being shelled for seven of Guadalupe’s runs in just 3.0 innings. During the regular season, the 18-year-old right-hander was one of the NAHS league’s best pitchers, going 5-1 in 9 starts, and holding a 2.90 ERA, with 73 K’s over 59.0 innings.
Tony Espinoza won Player of the Game honors, along with the Series MVP award. Espinoza went 3-for-5 with 2 runs, and 3 RBIs, including a 4th inning 2-run homer. His batting average for the postseason was .647 (11 for 17).