By Chris Chaney
The 10U Midland Apaches earned themselves a trip to Puerto Rico for the American Amateur Baseball Congress World Series this coming weekend, July 26.
The team, which is made up of 10 year olds primarily from Clermont County, competed in and won the Regional Qualifying Tournament at Tealtown Ball Park on July 14.
“They only do the World Series for (ages) 10 and 12,” Apaches head coach Ryan Jones said. “We had the Regional Qualifier that we won to get there. We played in the regional tournament, which was a two-and-out tournament and we won.”
The Apaches have had a jam-packed schedule all summer, already playing 72 games in 2013, winning 56 and losing 16.
“The team has worked together, battling throughout the season to take first place in five tournaments and second in one,” Jones wrote in an e-mail. “The Apaches came back after a loss in the AABC Regional Qualifier to sweep the (Cincy) Flames and win the championship earning the opportunity (to play in the World Series).”
With the conclusion of the Regional Qualifier, the Apaches will represent the East Central of the United States in Ponce, Puerto Rico from July 26-31 in the Willie Mays Division. The Apaches will be competing against teams from around the United States as well as some top teams from Puerto Rico.
Teams in the Apaches’ bracket include the Bunker Hill Braves from Waterbury, Conn., the Lou Collier Baseball Stars from Chicago, Ill., Team Halo from Atlanta, Ga., Farmington Mean Green from Farmington, NM and Cory Lidle Baseball from San Dimas, Calif.
The two teams competing from Puerto Rico are the Cardenales and the host team, the Coamo Rangers.
A quick turnaround for the Apaches, the team will leave for Puerto Rico on July 26 with their first game coming up the next morning at 9 a.m. against the Puerto Rico Cardenales. Each team is guaranteed two games during the World Series, but will need to win three in a row to take home the championship.
The Apaches are playing some of the best baseball of the year at this point in the season, having just returned from the United States Specialty Sports Association Baseball Global World Series in Spartanburg, SC where they placed fifth.
The Apaches wanted to reach out to the community to solicit donations to help cover some of the expenses that go along with traveling to such a prestigious event. Representing baseball in not only Cincinnati, but the Midwest in general, the Apaches have two ways people can donate to help the families of the players alleviate costs.
Your donation would be to Midland’s tax-deductible, non-profit organization. You can donate in person at any National Bank and Trust location by giving to Midland Youth Baseball – Apaches or send a check payable to Midland Youth Baseball – Apaches to 1250 Ohio Pike #279, Amelia, OH 45102. Donations made even after the team departs for the World Series will still be used to cover travel expenses.
You can also keep up with the 10U Midland Apaches as they chase history in Puerto Rico via their Facebook page by searching 10U Midland Apaches in the search bar.