Oil City Stags, MI 
Runner-Up: Columbus Braves, OH
Final Game Score:  Oil City Stags 7 vs. Columbus Braves 2           

MVP: Derrek Clyde, Oil City Stags                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Batting Champion: Derrek Clyde, Oil City Stags                                                                                                                                                                      


In the 2018 National Amateur Baseball Federation College Division World Series championship game, the Oil City Stags (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.) defeated the Columbus Braves 7-2 at Mercy Health Field in Toledo, Ohio.

The Stags scored two runs in the first, took the lead for good with three in the sixth, and added two insurance runs in the eighth to cruise to the championship victory.

Tournament Most Valuable Player and Batting Champion Derrek Clyde (Saginaw Valley State) had two doubles, a triple and two RBIs in the championship. For the tournament, he batted over .500 through six games.

All-Tournament Team members from the Stags included Clyde, first baseman Z. Westley (Saginaw Valley State), outfielder Alec Lockwood (Grand Rapids CC), shortstop Riley Creamer (Kellogg CC) and pitchers Joe Tany (Delta CC) and Drew Shultz (Delta CC).

The Stags scored first in the championship when Noah Ingram (Northwood University) hit a one-out inside the park home run in the top of the first inning. Wesley and Lockwood followed with consecutive base hits and Westley scored on a sacrifice fly hit to center field by Calvin Syrjala (Grand Rapids CC).

The Braves tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Santiago Martinez (Shawnee State) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and advanced when Ryan Henne (Capital) doubled. Both scored on a base hit by Zach Miller (Wittenberg).

In the sixth, Syrjala led off with a base hit for the Stags and scored when Creamer tripled. Chase Rollin (Central Michigan) singled, but after two consecutive fielder’s choices, Zach Schirmer (Delta CC) scored on a double by Clyde.

In the eighth, Rollin was hit by a pitch, reached second on a passed ball and third on a wild pitch, and scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Schirmer. Jared Cooper (Delta) walked, stole second and scored on the triple by Clyde.

Camden Dice (Saginaw Valley State) was the winning pitcher, striking out one, walking two and spreading out four hits while allowing two runs through seven innings. Eathan Lesperance (Northwood) closed by pitching two perfect innings.

The Stags are coached by Josh Russell and Ian Jones. Other team members include Guy Henika (Delta CC), Alex Archambeault (Alma), Brett Walcutt (Cleary), Grant Dittmer (Delta CC), Peyton Harding (Spring Arbor), Tyler Robbins (Saginaw Valley State), David Binder (Delta), Robin Van Ordin (Delta CC), Jacob Wright (Kellogg CC) and Max Swan (Kellogg CC).

In pool play, the Stags were division runners-up, finishing 3-1. They defeated the Cleveland Spartans 8-1, lost to the division winning Capital Reds 7-1, then defeated the Maryland Renegades 19-0 and scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to come back and defeat the Creekside Crocodiles 8-7, giving them the right to move on to the semifinal.

In the semifinal, the Stags scored four runs in the eighth inning to break open a 3-3 tie and defeat the Toledo Hawks, 7-3. Clyde and Lockwood both had a single and a triple, Rollins had two singles and a double and Creamer had a single and double. Also getting base hits were Ingram and Westley.

Robbins started for the Stags, walking nine and striking out two while giving up four hits and three runs through 5.2 innings. Tany got the win, striking out three, walking one and allowing three hits and no runs through 3.1 innings.

For the Hawks, which could not take advantage of nine walks and left 13 runners on base, George Pastor (Lourdes) had a single and triple, Chandler Dippman (Wooster) had two base hits, and getting one base hit apiece were Dave Jeffers (Toledo), Noah Childress (Union College) and Christian Orr (Owens CC). The Hawks went 4-0 and won their pool.

For the Columbus Braves, All-Tournament Team members include catcher Sam McClurg (Ohio State), outfielders Jevin Williams (Clark State) and Jermain Crawford (Lakeland CC), utility player Caden Cluxton (Rio Grande) and third baseman Dalton Cencebaugh (Southwest Tennessee).

The Braves are coached by Bruce W. Domineck and Mike Lejzerowicz. Other players include Seth Anderson (Otterbein), Justin Grub (Ohio Wesleyan), Jacob Muhleman (Wittenberg), Mason Davis (Wittenberg), Carson Ward (Capital), Bret Yutzy (Ohio Dominican), Doland Martin (Cuyahoga CC), Casey Gould (Findlay), Spencer Berg (Baldwin Wallace), Hyatt Shenefield (Walsh), Tanner Gaerke (Washington Jefferson), Andrew Lowe (Shawnee State), and Caine Whitney (Rio Grande).

The Braves were 3-1 in pool play, defeating the defending champion Cleveland Blaze 13-3, the Michigan Braves 4-3 in 10 innings, then losing to the Toledo Hawks 11-1 and defeating the E80 Iron Pigs 3-2.

In the semifinals, the Columbus Braves defeated the Capital City Reds (Montreal, Quebec), 5-4. The Reds had bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth when the Braves pulled off an infield double play to end the game. The Braves scored two runs in the second and added single runs in the third, sixth and eighth, successfully utilizing small ball to score the final two runs.

In the second, with one out, Davis singled and Martinez followed with a two-bagger.  Davis scored on Cencebaugh’s base hit and Martinez scored on Williams’ base hit.

In the third, McClurg led off by reaching base on an error, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cluxton, advanced to third on a base hit by Miller and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Davis.

In the sixth, Henne led off with a base hit, advanced to second on a wild pitch and third on sacrifice bunt by Cencebaugh and scored on a squeeze play bunt by Williams.

In the eighth, Henne again led off with a base hit, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Cencebaugh and scored on a base hit by Williams.

Gaerke started on the mound for the Braves, striking out three and walking no one while allowing nine hits and two earned runs. Muhleman got the win, even though he walked three and hit one batter. He allowed two hits and one earned run in 2.2 innings.

For the Reds, who had nine hits and left 10 runners on base, Charlie Hooker (Spokane Falls CC) had a single and triple, Benny Pena (St. Joseph) had a double and single, Jackson Dietel (Could County CC) and Pierre Olivier-Avoine (Galveston CC) had two base hits apiece. Getting a base hit was Ryan Burnside (Carleton).

In pool play, the Reds defeated the Creekside Crocodiles 3-0, Oil City Stags 7-1, Cleveland Spartans 8-3 and Maryland Renegades 13-3. The Hawks, in pool play, defeated the Michigan Braves 7-0, E80 Iron Pigs 8-2, Columbus Braves 11-1 and Cleveland Blaze 7-3.

The tournament was hosted by the Greater Toledo Amateur Sports Foundation, Craig Meinzer, President. Board members include Jeff Mielcarek, Chris Hardman, Tim Gerken, Ed Mouch and Jeremy Petroff. Games were televised by Buckeye Cable Sports Network, the title sponsor, and game DVDs can be purchased by visiting


Position Team Name Player Name
Catcher Capital City Reds Ryan Burnside
Catcher Columbus Braves Sam McClurg
Utility Maryland Renegades Josh Colliflower
Utility Cleveland Spartans Jacob Smith
Utility Capital City Reds Jackson Dietel
Utility Columbus Braves Caden Cluxton
1B Cleveland Blaze Aaron Valentine
1B Cleveland Spartans John Robinson
1B Oil City Stags Z Westley
2B Oil City Stags Derrek Clyde
3B Toledo Hawks Chandler Dippman
3B Columbus Braves Dalton Cencebaugh
SS Toledo Hawks George Pastor
SS Oil City Stags Riley Creamer
OF Michigan Braves Aaron Esparza
OF E80 Iron Pigs Keandre Tidmore
OF Creekside Crocodiles Tyler Zaluski
OF Toledo Hawks Spencer Schultz
OF Capital City Reds Charlie Hooker
OF Columbus Braves Jevin Williams
OF Columbus Braves Jermain Crawford
OF Oil City Stags Alec Lockwood
DH Creekside Crocodiles Dan Williams
DH Toledo Hawks Joe Jones
Pitcher Toledo Hawks Bill Todorowski
Pitcher Capital City Reds Charles Dunavan
Pitcher Capital City Reds Troy Clark
Pitcher Oil City Stags Joe Tany
Pitcher Oil City Stags Drew Schultz