The Twin City/South Roxana Post 1167 baseball team poses with their title plaque and medals July 17 at the GMB Nationals Tournament in St. Louis. It marked the third straight tournament win for Twin City, which closed its season with a 30-3-1 record.
Since it was founded in 2010, Greater Midwest Baseball has been one of the best youth baseball organizations in the St. Louis area.
Every summer, GMB attracts thousands of teams from the St. Louis area and throughout the Midwest to play in its tournaments.
One of those teams is the South Roxana Post 1167 Senior Legion baseball club, also known as Twin City baseball.
“We’ve been playing over there for years,” Twin City coach Dave Ufert said. “Ever since we ran select ball, we always played in their tournaments. Their tournaments have some really good teams. They have select teams and they got legion teams in there, too. It’s a good organization.”
Twin City won three GMB tournaments this summer, including one over the weekend. Post 1167 won the 14-team Nationals tournament with a 6-0 record.
Twin City cruised to an 11-3 win over the Central Illinois Legends in the championship game on Sunday to finish its season at 30-3-1. The title game was played at Ellisville, Mo.
“They played their butts off,” Ufert said.
Twin City ended its season with an 18-game winning streak. The squad lost its games to Aviston, Trenton and the Missouri Expos.
Ufert said he’s pleased his team finished with another outstanding season. Twin City is 58-6 in the last two seasons.
“During the summer, you’ll miss kids and you’ll have kids gone,” Ufert said. “Anybody we had on our roster, we threw in there and we still won games. Every boy on that team can swing the bat and everybody knows how to play defense. They’re all smart baseball players. They know how the game is played. The older group of boys played their whole life. They all get along so well. They’ve been together for a while. They’ve been playing together since they were 8 years old, so they know each other pretty well inside and out.”
Twin City will lose six players next summer — Randy Skiff, Josh Rudd and Logan Reardon from Roxana; Alex Baldwin and Spencer Heinemann from Southwestern High and Howie Fisher from Rochester.
Rounding out the team are Blake Marks, Blake Weishaupt and Hunter Hall from East Alton-Wood River; Blake Vandiver and Tanner Davis from Roxana and Blake Lawson, Zack Seymour and Andrew Fry from Southwestern High.
“We’ll be looking for players and get back at it next year,” Ufert said. “We’ve got a good core coming back. We’ve got some leadership from ballplayers coming back, so we should be in good shape.”
Skiff went 12 for 18 with four doubles, 10 RBIs, eight runs scored and three walks in the GMB Nationals. He went 2 for 4 in the championship game against the Central Illinois Legends.
Twin City began its season in early June with a championship in the GMB School’s Out Bash. The squad finished 3-0-1 in the tournament, including a 7-0 win over the Chatham Warriors in the championship game.
Last week, Twin City won the GMB All-Star Championships tournament with a 4-0 record, including a 4-2 win over the Louisville Slugger Warriors in the championship game.
At the GMB Nationals, Twin City began tournament play on July 14 with a 4-0 win over the Knights. Twin City beat the St. Louis Warriors 7-1 and the Missouri Expos 18-0 on Saturday.
Twin City played three games on Sunday under hot and humid conditions. Twin City beat Indiana Britton’s Bullpen 9-1 in the quarterfinals and knocked off the Southwestern Piasa Birds 5-0 in the semifinals to advance to the championship game.
In the title game, Reardon was the winning pitcher, giving up three runs on three hits, striking out five and walking two in six innings of work.
Weishaupt had two hits with three RBIs and two runs scored and Seymour and Vandiver each had two hits and scored a run.
Ufert said his players were thrilled to end their season with a tournament championship.
“They were pretty ecstatic,” he said. “This was the tournament that we have been playing and practicing for all year. This was the biggest one that we’ve been playing this year. They were ready to go. They had a lot of early games, late games and games all day and playing in 100-degree heat.”
Twin City played in two other GMB tournaments this season. The squad finished 4-0 in the GMB World Series and was scheduled to play in the championship game, but it was canceled because of rain. It also finished second in the GMB Regional Championships after losing to the Missouri Expos in the title game.
Twin City finished second with a 2-1 record in pool play in the Wooden Bat Tournament at New Baden in June.
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