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Mays shines in Cooperstown

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Kingston’s Cade Mays helped lead the Tennessee RBI Rangers to the prestigious Cooperstown Dream Park Classic Championship. 

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Mays put on a hitting show at the tournament, which ran June 5-9 and featured 103 elite travel teams from all over the United States. Over a period of 12 games, Mays hit an amazing 32-40 for a batting average of .800. He swatted 16 home runs and he set a tournament record with 32 hits and 46 RBIs. 

On the mound Mays pitched a complete-game two-hitter against the Granville, NC Bulls for a win and had a save against the North Palm Beach Florida Whitecaps. 

The Tennessee RBI Rangers, based out of Knoxville, had an overall record of 11-1 in the tournament. They went 5-1 in pool play and then won six straight games in the tournament round to become only the second team in history from Tennessee to win the prestigious tournament. 

The team faced the following opponents in pool play and finished with a 19th seed of the 103 team seeding.

Once the tournament reached the round of 16, the Rangers were the only team left in the field that wasn’t from California or Florida. 

In the Sweet 16, the Rangers knocked off undefeated No. 3 seed North Palm Beach, 10-6. Next was a 14-8 victory over another undefeated team, No. 6 seed South Florida Sandlot.

The semifinal match-up featured RBI playing the No. 2 seed SW Florida Team Extreme. The Extreme had been dominating during the week, not losing a game, but in front of a crowd of more than 1000 people, the RBI Rangers held on and came out winners, 13-11.

The championship game would be another match-up with an undefeated team from Florida as the Rangers took on the South Florida Orphans. In front of an estimated crowd of 3,000, the underdog Rangers became only the second team from Tennessee to win the Cooperstown Dream Park Classic Championship as they downed the Orphans, 8-5.

 The Tennessee RBI Rangers will be playing locally in Loudon at “The Battle of the South” starting Friday.