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Westbury Christian Wildcats
After being seeded No. 7 going into the elimination bracket, the Westbury Christian Wildcats 11U tournament team (pictured) finished the season as a finalist in the Perfect Game Summer Slam Tournament. According to coach Matt Murphy, the boys “flipped a switch” and made it to the championship game after two exciting walk-off wins. The Wildcats ultimately fell to the No.1 seed, 12-7, but were awarded a tournament-finalist ring and some newfound confidence. The finalists are (top row, from left) coach Travis Younkin, Derek Swallow, Andrew Rodriguez, Hunter Gore, head coach Matt Murphy, Jackson Carr, Barrett Dionne, Ben Ramos, coach Ian Hartman, (bottom row, from left) Taylor Anthony, Gray Younkin, Shawn Murphy, William Taylor, and Ari Hartman; not pictured: Mason Bates.
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