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Baseball team advances to championship at tournament

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    From left to right: Layton Tucker (#22), Landon Kohler (#32), Drake Olson (#8), Jace Rangel (#19), Cooper Clowdus (#18), Brice Garwood (#42), Daniel Torres (#10), Tanner Modesette (#3), Wyatt Schroeder (#99), Jameson Jarmon (#6), Case White (#29). Photo courtesy of Michael Rangel

The Elgin Young Guns 10U baseball team advanced to the championship game of the USSSA sanctioned September Slugfest tournament on September 12.

After coming back from a 7–4 deficit in the last inning of the championship game, the Young Guns brought in three runs to tie the score at 7 all. The Guns came up one run short to end the game, but earned their Silver ring at their first ever 10U AAA competition.

After the Spring season in August, the Young Guns were reclassified from 9UAA to 10UAAA due to success had at the lower level. Previous to this event, the Young Guns had advanced to the semi-finals of four straight tournaments, including playing up as a 9U team in a 10U bracket.

These Elgin boys are part of the Elgin Young Guns non-profit organization and represent the city of Elgin in competitive events against major baseball clubs from as far away as the San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and Corpus Christi areas. All of these boys are from the Elgin area, including McDade, Coupland and Thorndale. The team competes against clubs that are multiple times their size in the pool of players to choose from, as well as the number of teams associated with the other clubs.

Elgin should be very proud of these boys as they represent the city with hard play and a lot of grit. They are earning the respect of their opponents through their play and how they conduct themselves both on and off the field. They also help in the community through the Blue Santa program as well as the Salvation Army Red Kettle drive. There is much more to come from these guys in the years to come. Good luck Young Guns in your upcoming fall tournaments.