The Evoshield Canes 12U NC-Gallaher finished second at the Perfect Game Super25 national championship in Fort Myers, Florida, last week. After battling through a tough pool that included three of the four semifinalists, the Canes won a pair of games in bracket play on Saturday. The highlight was a come-from-behind win in the semifinals in which the Canes battled back from a 9-4 deficit at the end of three innings to take a 13-11 victory over Five-Star National. That win earned them a spot in Sunday’s championship against the defending champion, Tri-State Arsenal Prime. The two teams had met in a pool play game two days earlier, with the Canes taking a 6-2 win to hand Arsenal their first loss in nearly two months. The rematch was equally tight, with the two powerhouses playing four scoreless innings before the Canes scratched across a single run in the bottom of the fifth. Arsenal bounced back with a disputed three runs on one play in the top of the sixth, and the Canes scored one in the bottom of the frame before the rally fell short.
In their first full season playing exclusively travel baseball, Canes-Gallaher amassed a 73-4 record during the 12U season (fall/spring/summer) and beat teams from 11 different states. The squad entered 17 tournaments and won 14 of them.