A local baseball team was honored by the city of Ocala after bringing home a United States Specialty Sports Association championship.
During Tuesday’s city council meeting, Mayor Kent Guinn honored the Ocala Elite 14U team, comprised of students that are 14 years of age and younger, and presented each of the players with certificates on behalf of the city.
The team claimed the Global World Series USSSA title after a tournament in Sarasota that saw many ups and downs for the team.
On the precipice of leaving home without the championship in the semifinal, the team rallied in a classic baseball scenario. With runners on first and second, in the bottom of the 9th inning, the team was down and faced a full count with two outs before salvaging the win with a game-winning double.
After the victory, the team went on to win the championship game by a whopping score of 11 to 2.
Teams from all around the nation, including Illinois and Ohio, competed in the tournament.
Manager TJ Watts indicated that it was his team’s will to win that brought home the gold and expressed his pride in the team’s accomplishments.
“They’ve done a tremendous job all year representing Ocala when we go places, on the field and off the field,” said Watts.
“Too often we hear about kids that are doing the wrong thing. These kids are doing the right thing,” said Mayor Guinn.