Wildcats enter World Series

Baseball team won 19 consecutive games to finish 23-6

After winning 19 consecutive games and going 23-6 this summer in its Junior American Legion 17U league, the Jefferson County Wildcats are going to the Continental Amateur Baseball Association World Series in Euclid, Ohio. Euclid is a suburb of Cleveland.

[cleeng_content id="349268444" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]The 64-team World Series begins on Friday of this week and guarantees the Wildcats, a 12-player team coached by Tim Carroll, at least six games in the international event. Beginning on Tuesday, the Wildcats will be seeded and placed in a bracket to begin double-elimination or single-elimination play in the tournament.

Carroll and his team of players from both Washington and Jefferson high schools were in a 15-team league this season that featured an almost all-Maryland schedule.

“We had this team together last year when most of them were freshmen, and when they won 12 games against teams with mostly juniors and seniors we thought this season could be special,” said Carroll.

The Wildcats Jr. Legion team will enter the CABA World Series on Friday.

The Wildcats Jr. Legion team will enter the CABA World Series on Friday.

The 17U Wildcats will have a team that travels to Ohio with a number of pitchers that can also play other positions.

“We are scheduled to play doubleheaders for three straight days. The rules limit pitchers to 10 innings over the first three days, but we have Bryan Bayliss, Ryan French, Andy Disque and Mark McKee as four of our starters. With Zac Burch, Trevor Pansch, Tyler Mattei and Hunter Weaver, our pitching is deep and strong,” said Carroll.

“William Oliver, Brody Price, Ty Carroll and Corey Lewis give us a total of a dozen good players,” Carroll mentioned.

Among the 64 teams in the CABA World Series will be international entries from Japan, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico.

“I believe a league from New York has won the World Series for three straight years,” the coach said.

A Williamsport team from the Potomac Valley League (where the Wildcats play) was in the World Series last year and is going back again. “Williamsport won two games in the 2012 World Series. We split our two games with them this summer,” said Carroll.

The Wildcats had their entry fee of $1,150 for the World Series paid by the league. “We also have $1,000 to use toward our expenses,” the coach said. “Martin’s and McDonald’s have also given us gift cards that can be used for meals and to buy food.”

To help defray travel and lodging costs, the team has solicited sponsors and “We have been helped by State Farm, Bruce’s Wrecker and the Moose is meeting this week to see if they can help us,” Carroll mentioned in giving thanks to those businesses or organizations.

“They say the World Series is well organized and well-run and the fields you play on are good ones, “ said Carroll.

Carroll’s team will be one of the youngest in the event. Bayliss and Mattei are the only two who will be seniors in the 2013-14 school term. All the others will be sophomores or juniors.

After finding summer success against Junior Legion teams from Frederick, Woodsboro, Mt. Airy, Chaney, Cumberland, Frostburg, Brunswick, Damascus, Gaithersburg and Cecil County, the Wildcats will see World Series teams that represent travel leagues, American Legion leagues, other 17U leagues and various amateur organizations world-wide.

The team has a goal to raise $5,000 — a figure Carroll believes will be the total cost of the trip to Euclid.

With the number of younger players he has, Carroll could use this trip as a reference point for a return trip in 2014 when nearly his whole team would be eligible for more 17U baseball.[/cleeng_content]

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