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Alexandria Little Beetles finish fourth at USSSA World Series

A spot in a loaded field at the 13AA USSSA World Series was a chance for the Alexandria "Little" Beetles to prove that they could stack up against a number of the best teams in the country.

A spot in a loaded field at the 13AA USSSA World Series was a chance for the Alexandria "Little" Beetles to prove that they could stack up against a number of the best teams in the country.

The Beetles did just that by going 6-3 and capturing fourth place, while playing nine games in five days in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The tournament, which ran from July 13-18, was filled with 25 teams from Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Nebraska, Missouri and two teams from Minnesota.

Jordan Frederick led the pitching staff with 22 innings pitched in the seven games he appeared in. He struck out 29 and allowed 14 hits. Alexandria won all five games he started at the tournament.

Drew Winter and Jordan Hass followed behind him with 12 innings pitched. Winter allowed seven hits, while striking out three. Hass also allowed just seven hits. He struck out 17 with 10 of those coming in a dominant performance in the seventh game of the tournament for Alexandria.

Chris Leary threw seven innings in Iowa, striking out five and allowing seven hits. Lane Berberich pitched six innings, allowing five hits and Drew Fearing rounded out the pitching staff with four innings of work and four strikeouts.

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Jordan Karger led the offense at the tournament with a .476 batting average and 10 RBIs. Frederick hit .458 with 11 RBIs, while Drew Fearing hit at a .409 pace. Hass was the leading run producer for the Beetles with 12 RBIs.

Starpath 8, Alexandria 2

The ninth game in five days saw the Beetles fall behind early and never recover in what turned into a six-run loss that knocked them from the tournament.

Starpath jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back from there. Karger collected two hits in the game, but it was not quite enough to lead his team back from the early deficit.

The loss meant the Beetles would settle for a fourth-place finish among a talented field of 25 teams.

Alexandria 9, Kansas Stars 6

The fifth win of the tournament for the Beetles guaranteed them of at least that fourth-place finish.

Alexandria broke open a 1-1 game in the fourth inning with seven straight hits to make it 5-1. The Beetles added four more in the fifth to take a lead they would not relinquish. Frederick and Kaden Anderson both went 2-for-2 at the plate. Fearing, Mitch Thompson, Karger, Hass and Logan Steidl each added one hit apiece.

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Alexandria 4, Moberly 1

The Beetles had to wait out an eight-hour rain delay before they could cement their spot in the final six teams of the double-elimination tournament.

Alexandria had just five hits, but three of those came in the first inning. That, combined with two walks, gave the Beetles a 3-0 lead that would hold up the rest of the way.

Frederick and Hass made sure of that. Frederick threw the first two scoreless innings before giving way to Hass. He picked up right where Frederick left off, delivering his best performance of the tournament. Hass threw five innings, allowing one run on one hit, while striking out 10.

Fearing and Karger led the offense with two hits apiece.

Alexandria 5, Cyclones 4

The Beetles jumped out early to a 4-0 lead before holding on to pick up the win in a "win or go home" situation on day four of the tournament.

Alexandria scored twice in the first and two more times in the third to take the early lead. The Cyclones came back with three runs in the seventh and had the go-ahead run on base before the Beetles got out of the jam to preserve the win.

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Solid outings on the mound by Frederick, Winter and Berberich all contributed to the win. Fearing also helped with a two-hit day at the plate. Frederick, Karger and Winter each added one, as well.

Arkansas Mustangs 13,

Alexandria 1

The bats of the Beetles were silenced in the fifth game of the tournament.

The Mustangs' pitching staff combined to limit Alexandria to just three hits in the game. The team from Arkansas then used a nine-run third inning to blow the game open. They would not look back from there as the Mustangs went on to take second-place in the tournament.

Alexandria 10,

Siouxland Stars Black 2

The fourth game of the tournament was a different story for Alexandria as they won an easy game behind strong performances on the mound by Frederick and Winter.

Each allowed just three hits, while the offense aided them with 10 hits to build a big lead. Frederick helped himself out with a 4-for-4 day at the plate. He scored three runs, while Hass added two hits for the offense. Berberich, Fearing, Karger and Steidl all chipped in one hit apiece.

Alexandria 2, Keystone 0

Alexandria was able to secure a tight two-run game, thanks in large part to a gem on the mound by Leary in game three.

Frederick started the game and went two innings before Leary came on to work the final five. He held down the opposition by controlling all of his pitches and keeping the Cobras off balance. His defense also helped him out by turning three double plays in the game.

Alexandria got just five hits in the game, but they made them count. Thompson and Karger each logged an RBI to secure the low-scoring victory.

Siouxland Stars Maroon 5, Alexandria 1

The first loss of the tournament for Alexandria came at the hands of a dominant pitching performance by the Siouxland Stars in game two.

The Beetles were held to just one hit each from Thompson and Leary. Hass and Winter countered that performance by the Stars and performed well in the losing effort.

The two combined to allow just four hits. A few untimely walks and errors resulted in a lead for Siouxland that Alexandria could not overcome.

Alexandria 10, Starpath 3

An easy win in the opener set the tone for a solid week of play for the Beetles when they picked up the 10-3 victory over their opponent from Missouri.

Frederick threw five innings to pick up the win on the mound. He allowed three runs on four hits, while striking out seven. Winter came on to close out the game in the sixth.

Frederick also helped himself out again at the plate, going 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Karger also had two hits to go along with three RBIs.

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