WARSAW – Getting hot at the right time is usually a stroke of fortune. For the CCAC Attack 10U baseball team, they got hot and stayed there to win the Baseball Players Association World Series tournament title this past weekend at the CCAC.
The Attack went 6-0 in tournament play, beating some quality programs along the way to win its second title of the summer. Working its way through the winner’s bracket Wednesday through Friday, the Attack worked back into play on Sunday and won its semi-final in convincing fashion, 16-0, over a Battle Creek Shamrocks team that also entered the day undefeated.
In the championship game, the Warsaw-based club jumped on the Kalamazoo Flying Squirrels with a pair of runs in the first, then after the Squirrels tied the game in the second, hung three runs in the bottom of the frame, and closed the door with four big runs in the fourth. The time limit kicked in during the fifth and ended the game, giving the local boys the championship. Head coach Jeremy Brock, who was coaching third when the umpire announced the time had run out, announced “Guess what Attack? You just won the World Series!”
“It was a pretty amazing feeling. The kids were going crazy,” Brock said. “It was pretty cool for these kids to play that well all week and finish off the tournament at home.”
Carson Paulik was a stud on the bump for the Attack in the championship, holding the Kalamazoo team to just three hits in five innings, and both runs allowed were unearned off an error. Paulik also had a hit and RBI in the contest, and for his work in the six games, was named the 10U tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Quinton Brock had two hits and three RBIs, Brandt Martin added two hits and three runs scored, and Brock Derf had three hits in the title game.
The Attack, which likely ended its year with the BPA tournament, finish 39-11 pending a possible entry in the Blueberry Festival at the end of August. The team is made up of nine and 10 year-olds from Kosciusko, Fulton and Marshall Counties.
The Attack’s title at the BPA was it’s second of the year, the first coming earlier in the summer at Newton Park.
“The key for us was staying in the winner’s bracket,” Brock said. “It kept our games apart. If you lose, you need more pitchers. We basically could throw just two (Paulik and Brock) so we kept our aces fresh. We just had excellent pitching the entire time. If they got into jams, they worked out of them with strikeouts and got some weak ground balls. We also had some very good defense behind them. Our bats were just on fire all weekend, too, and put all of that together and we just played very good baseball.”
Elsewhere in the BPA tournaments at the CCAC, the 11U title went to the Indiana Pirates Elite team from the Elkhart area. The Pirates held off a red-hot LaPorte Crush team in the title round for the championship. The Crush, which lost its first game of the tournament, rallied to win its next eight games before the Pirates claimed the title. The Pirates, coached by area sports legend Bo Hundt, finish its tournament season 42-9.
The 13U title also went to a northern Indiana outfit in the Michiana Scrappers, which blew past the Middlebury Mavericks 13-4 in the final. The Scrappers gave up just three runs en route to the championship game appearance, including a 10-0 win over the Mavericks in bracket play. The Scrappers, based out of the South Bend area, finished the tourney 5-0 and scored 48 runs in those five games.