West Tenn. Indians make World Series Final

Anthony Plunk (Contributor)

West Tenn. Indians make World Series Final

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The 8U USSA world series finalist: Chaz Sanders (Adamsville), Brett Blankenship (Parsons), Ethan Coley (Henderson), Jeffery Ince (Memphis), Avery Bradford (Milan), Caleb Goddard (Tupelo, MS), Cole Barnett (Russellville, AL), and local McKenzie, Tennessee players Noah Hawkins, Jake McDaniel and Carson Plunk. Coaches: Jason Coley, Goose Sanders, James McDaniel, Anthony Plunk, Chris Bradford and Justin Hawkins.


The West Tennessee Indian baseball team closed out its year 4th of July weekend playing in Gulf Shores, AL in the 8U USSSA Coach Pitch World Series. The team came home as runner-up to the Champions. They finished second out of 28 teams from Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisianam, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. The Indians played 12 games in four days by winning 10 games and losing 2.

During first day of competition, the Indians played Tennessee Nitro from Middle Tennessee and defeated them 14-5. In next game the Indians defeated the Georgia Crush by a score of 7-1.

In second day of competition, the Indians played the Hoover Bucs from Birmingham,
Alabama and defeated them 13-2. Winning this game put kids seeded 4th for the Championship play out of the 28 teams.

The Indians got a bye in the first round
of Championship play, but their first tourney game was not an easy contest. Newton Heat, which was the State Champion, won their first game and were set to play the Indians. The Newton Heat sent the Indians to the losers bracket, winning 13-8. By going gto the loser's bracket, they had to play in sudden death every game. The Indians defeated the Mobile Hurricanes 12-4 and then beat the Slidell, Louisiana
Scrappers 6-8. Winning gthis game put the Indians in the final 12 teams coming back on Saturday.

On Championship day, the Indians had to hit the field at 9am. To win the title, they would have to win seven straight games back to back. The first game was against the Knoxville Rangers, and they defeated them by the score of 11-5. The next team in line for the Indians were the Louisiana Crushers, and they won 7-3. The next game was a rematch against the Newton Heat. The Indians defeated them 11-8 to advance to the final four.

 Next up, was another team from Louisiana, The Naturals. They sent them hom 6-5. Down to the final three teams, two of them being from South Alabama, the Indians had to play the Boys for third place. They stayed on pace and defeated them 12-9. This put them in the Championship game verses an undefeated team ranked #1 in 8U Coach Pitch, The Alabama Elite. After 5 straight games, the 100 degree heat took a toll on the kids and they could not muster up enough gas to defeat the team from Alabama. The Alabama Elite defeated the West Tennessee Indians to take the 2011 8U Coach Pitch Championship. It was a great end to a wonderful season. The
Indians final 8U record was 52 wins and 28 losses.