Mudcats finish second at USSSA World SeriesLocal baseball team falls to Atlanta squad in title game
MCDONOUGH, Georgia — Manager Heath Sutton’s Waynesville-based Carolina Mudcats, an 11-year-old Baseball Club, cruised to the USSSA AAA World Series championship game last week, but was stunned in the final two games by the Atlanta (GA) Elite Giants, 6-3, 7-5, to finished second in the nation.
The Mudcats (41-7), which is ranked No. 3 nationally in the USSSA Power Rankings, won the first six games, including a win over the Elite Giants, 8-3.
“It was an honor to qualify and we made it to the finals and just came up short,” said Sutton. “We went finished 6-2 in the World Series. That’s something we can be proud of.”
Mudcats’ Conner Seagraves was named the World Series’ Most Outstanding Defensive Player award and Sutton's son Jack Sutton, who batted .750 with two homers and 13 RBI, was voted by his teammates as the Mudcats’ Most Valuable Player.
“Sutton, Skip Moss and Jarrett Penland will play for Tuscola High School in a few years and every one of the Mudcats will some day play for the Haywood Post 47 American Legion Baseball Club,” said Manager Sutton.