LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Falling one win shy of a trip to the World Series a year ago, the Lafayette Lightning returned this year with unfinished business.
This past weekend, the group of 11 year old and under baseball players punched their ticket to the World Series.
“We were close last year, we had a little taste of the final game and we came up a little short. We had a lot of guys that are hungry to get that opportunity again and we didn’t let that pass. We went out there and we played our best baseball,” said Lightning head coach Lenny Guida.
Tuesday afternoon they practiced for the final time before heading to Chesterfield, Virginia bright and early Wednesday morning. With a 39-14-1 record, the Lightning are playing their best baseball at the right time having won all four games they played last weekend to clinch their spot in the series.
“That is a lot of momentum, but we can’t get over excited and then get complacent. We’ve got to go out there and win some games out there too, so I feel like I don’t want to go down there and just have fun. I want to win some games and hopefully bring a World Series championship back to Lafayette,” said AJ Bordenet.
Nine of the 12 members of last year’s team remain on the roster, a group that isn’t satisfied with a trip to the east coast.
“I think we just need to stick together, we can’t be 12 individuals. We have to come together and keep playing like we’ve been playing. We’ve been really playing good Lafayette baseball lately, and I just think that needs to continue,” said Leo Guida.