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Local baseball players lay claim to state championship win
Stephen Alvarez

Stephen Alvarez and Billy Kilmer of Richmond Hill, along with Hinesville’s Jacob Dill, Midway’s Nathan Ward and other area baseball players, spent their entire summer break playing baseball for the Savannah Chain Baseball 14U major class baseball travel team.

The team racked up multiple championships in the process.

Chain won the Grand Slam 14U Georgia State Championship, the Charleston Chucktown 15U tournament, the East Georgia Memorial Day tournament and finished third in the Fletcher World Series.

The team played all of their games on the road against other competitive 14U, 15U and 16U teams from all over the country. Most recently, Chain went 6-2-1 in the Fletcher World Series with their only losses 1-0 to eventual champs Goose Creek Diamond Backs and 6-3 to the Mets from Puerto Rico. For the summer, Chain 14U went 18-8-2.

The team was coached by Joel Chrisler. The experience gained will further prepare the players for their upcoming fall and spring seasons. The players attribute their success to playing team baseball.

The Chain squad represented Bryan County and surrounding communities fielding players from Richmond Hill High School, Memorial Day School, First Presbyterian Academy, Calvary Day School, Bulloch Academy, Jenkins High School, Claxton High School and South Effingham High School.

Richmond Hill resident Bill Kilmer Sr. kept the book, Marianne Harvey coordinated all of the travel plans and First Bank of Coastal Georgia sponsored the team.

Next up for the team is a double header at Middle Georgia College against the Chain 14U Columbus team, which consists of several players from the Columbus Little League World Series Champions a few years ago.

Fall baseball is right around the corner; if any team and or player is interested, please contact Coach Alvarez at 313-1556. The season starts mid-September.

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