LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Over the weekend, the 12 and under Lightning squad punched its ticket to the World Series.
With five outs to play, it didn’t look like that was possible. They were down 8-3 in the north zone championship in Illinois, before they rallied for a 9-8 win to move on to the Pony World Series.
Coach Brad Scott says his team is ready to carry that momentum to California.
“They are 100 percent locked in. It might have taken all year to get to that point, but we’re here now and their coming to practice now saying ‘no more messing around we want to win the world series,’” Scott said.
First baseman Carson Barrett believes accomplishing that goal would bring a lot of recognition to the Lafayette area, a challenge he’s excited for.
“If we win, we can put Lafayette back on the map to show that Lafayette had three teams going to the World Series. It’s pretty exciting to go and play other teams from around the world, and it’ll be fun,” said Barrett.
It’s not all fun for shortstop Reece Buche, he’s looking at it as a business trip as well.
“Half of it’s business, and then the other half is just having fun and giving it all out. It was a huge goal for us to set and we achieved it,” said Buche.
It’s a goal that hasn’t sunk in for the entire team yet, second baseman Tanner Ritchie still can’t wrap his mind around the fact that they will be heading to California.
“It’s just really exciting, I’m just real excited right now that we are going. We can play better. But we’re playing great right now, so at least we are playing good,” said Ritchie.