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COPY OF TIPPY FIRE PRESS RELEASE; August 12, 1997
Local 13-Year Old Tippecanoe County All-Star
Baseball Team Captures Silver in PONY-13 World Series Play
PONY baseball has provided more post-season
opportunities for 13-yr old baseball players participating in
sanctioned PONY League play. Because of the large growth spurt
that often occurs between the ages of 13 and 14, 13 year olds
are often not selected for All-Star team participation in local
PONY district and regional tournaments. For this reason, a number
of tournaments featuring 13 year old PONY affiliated teams were
held this season.
The 13-year old team formed from the Tippecanoe
Baseball League (TBL), the Tippy Fire, has completed a very
successful tournament season. Featuring a number of come-from-behind
victories and solid hitting throughout the line-up, they recently
captured second place in the PONY-13 World Series played in
Omaha, Nebraska between Aug. 4-10, 1997.
Showing good team play from the start, the
Fire captured second place in their first tournament, the Edgewood
Invitational held on July 18-20.
They qualified for a berth in the PONY-13 World
Series by going undefeated in the Indiana-Kentucky 13 yr. old
PONY Tournament during the July 24-26 weekend in Evansville,
Tippy Fire fared well on their week long, 1100
mile round trip to the PONY-13 World Series held in Omaha, Nebraska
from August 4-10. The Fire placed second in a field of the top
fourteen PONY affiliated 13 year old teams from the states of
Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. Playing
eight games in five days, the team advanced to the championship
game by defeating an Oak Park IL team by an 11-8 score. The
Fire lost in the championship game to the regional host team
from Millard, Nebraska.
The entire team is deeply appreciative for
the time that coach Jake Tharp, a former Clinton Prarie standout,
gave to the team. His efforts made a real difference in the
close, must-win games.
The Fire finished their tournament season with
a 12 W - 4 L record.
The generous team sponsor was The Farmers State
Bank located in Brookston and Battle Ground.