Coming back from an early 7-3 deficit in the second inning, the GlenBurnie Patriots 16-and-under team out-slugged James Mosher of Baltimore to win the Continental Amateur Baseball Association (CABA) Eastern Regional Sunday at Saw Mill Creek Park in Glen Burnie.
By winning its fifth straight region title, the Patriots earned a berth in theCABA World Series in Laredo, Texas, July 25 to Aug. 3.
There was initial concern that the team wouldn't have enough money to make the trip and would have to back out, as it did last year. But Monday, Nevin said the trip was on.
Mosher went into the finalsneeding two wins over the Patriots to take the regional, but the host team wouldn't give in.
"I think our kids thought they had it made because we had beaten Mosher, 16-2, in the first game of the tournament Friday," said Nevin. "They really hit the ball, but we got it done."
Brian Jones led the Pats with three hits in five at-bats. He also scored a run and knocked in two, while Rob Miller homered and Todd Locklear doubled. Locklear also had three RBI and scored a run.
A perennial qualifier in the CABA 16-and-under World Series, the 1987 Patriots finished as a national runner-up.