Top Row: Wyatt Stuart, Garrett Costello, Ryan Lowis, Hunter Newell, Ian Brantley and Mason Groves. Bottom Row (taking a knee): Ike Austin, Talan Albrecht, Josh Ramerez, Austin Bates, Owen Gray and Grant Powers. Not pictured is Marcus Payne.
Local 8U boys are going to the USSSA Little League World Series July 10-13 in Lenexa, Kan. This team plays home games in Shipman, but the team consists 8-year-olds from Brighton, Medora, Shipman and Greenfield.
On May 31 at Lenz Field in Jacksonville, the Central Illinois SWING/Easton 8U team won the championship that earned them a place in the USSSA Little League World Series. They received first-place trophies for being champions of the 8U Play the Turf Tournament. SWING went undefeated the entire weekend at Lenz Field.
They also were undefeated in the Rule the Roost Tournament in Bethalto earlier in May. The weekend of June 27 they went undefeated in their third tournament this year at the Redbirds Classic Annual Tournament in Wood River.
At the time of the May 31 win, the team ranked first in Illinois and sixth in the nation. They are 20-5-1 in the Southwestern Illinois Baseball League in second place.
They are a Pitching Machine AA second-year team.
The head coach of the team is Hayden Powers. He is assisted by Daniel Gray, Nathan Austin, Derek Bates, Shane Newell and Pat Payne.