Times Sports Editor
The Riley 9U travel baseball team captured the United States Specialty Sports Association World Series title over the July 11 weekend in Columbus, Ind. by going 6-1 in the tourney and defeating the Indiana Nitro, 6-5, in the championship game.
The squad features four Clay County players as part of the roster and qualified for the tournament through its finish in a pair of qualifying tourneys.
The Riley squad opened play in the USSSA World Series with a 10-6 win over the Indiana Trojans and a 13-0 blanking of the Saginaw Bay Riverdawgs. The team lost its lone game of the World Series at the hands of the Indiana Bulls White team, 10-9, but rebounded to sweep its remaining four games. Riley downed the St. Joseph Bandits by a 12-0 score before winning its final three contests by 6-5 scores against the Indiana Trojans, Illinois Valley Titans and the Indiana Nitro in the title game.
The Clay County athletes are Brevin Cooper, Caleb Swearingen, Gavin Morris and Nolan Harris.