Grand Rapids Brewers Win 22U National Baseball Title
The Grand Rapids Brewers won the National Amateur Baseball Federation championship over the weekend in Youngstown, OH.
The Brewers, compromised mainly of college players from around the area, won the NABF World Series with a win over the Stark County Terriers from the Canton, OH area.
The Brewers earned a slot in the World Series by winning the Great Lakes United Baseball League regular season title.
The Brewers' roster consists mostly of players from Division III schools around the Upper Great Lakes region like Spencer Cable from Hope College.
Cable, who began his collegiate career at Central Michigan told FOX 17, "It was awesome! The competition was great and we just kind of went off and it was awesome to see everyone succeed in the way that we did."
"Went off" may be an understatement as the team rolled up 34 runs in their last three games, including 11 in the title tilt.
The Brewers roaster included players from Davenport University, Aquinas, Grand Rapids CC, Cornerstone and Kalamazoo Valley CC among other Division III and Junior Colleges from around the area.
The team was managed by Josh Russell, who had won five straight Great Lakes United titles and a national championship while managing the Oil City Stags baseball club in the Mount Pleasant before coming to take over the Brewers.
"We have a motto that we feast on fastballs, we don't let anyone throw a pitch by us," Brewers head coach Josh Russell told FOX 17. "Guys had a great game plan and they executed it to perfection."