A state title four years in the making came to fruition last week as the North Bryan Crushers won the Georgia Recreation and Parks 10U live pitch state tournament.
“These boys have been playing together for four years and they worked their butts off to attain this goal,” Coach Cliff White said. “They have gotten progressively better.”
White said the Crushers were the first North Bryan baseball team to win a district championship last year — a title they defended this year — and now have become the first North Bryan baseball team to win a state championship.
The Crushers opened the tournament with a 12-0 win over Wilcox County, but then dropped into the losers bracket after dropping a 13-6 decision to Brantley County. They came back with a 13-4 win against host Jeff Davis County, advancing to the finals against Brantley. The Crushers won the first game 15-5 to force the “if necessary” game, then won that 11-1 for the championship.
The Crushers hit .422 as a team with six home runs during the tournament.
“We started practicing back in March and the boys played about 60 games,” White said. “Most 10U teams play pitching machine, but we had to face travel teams in order to get to this level.”
Team members are: Tanner Ennis, Trevor Lanier, Jayden White, Dalton Dickerson, Ethan Trombly, Sean Kelly Hill, Tucker Edwards, Jonathan (John John) Good, Konner Leggett and Tyler Penrose. They are coached by White, Tony Leggett and Brannen Edwards.
The Crushers wrap up their season this weekend with a tournament in Dublin and then most of the boys will move on to football where White said they will be seeking their first district title.