Lincoln youth helps team win USSSA World Series
July 27, 2012, The 14U Springfield Bulldogs won the 5-day, 7-state USSSA AAA World Series at Fountain Lakes Sports Complex in St. Louis, July 20-24, 2012. In 4-game pool-play, the Bulldogs went 3-1, beating the Salina Kansas Reds 6-2, the Blue Springs, MO Mac N Seitz Royals 7-3, the Overland Park, KS Wolverines 15-0.
The only loss came to the hands of the West TN Stixx 9-7. In bracket play, the Bulldogs ran the table beating the Springdale, AR Wildcats 9-0, the Waterloo, WI Team Heat Baseball 2-1, and avenged their only loss by beating the previously undefeated West Tennessee Stixx 10-7 for the title. Cooper Hake of Lincoln was the winning pitcher in game 4 and the final championship game 7.
Team members include: Brady Dowson (Auburn), Tyler Fitzgerald (Rochester), Dalton Fletcher(Athens), Cal Elvers (Spfld-SHG), Cooper Hake (Lincoln), Caleb Putman (Auburn), Sam Sergent (Spfld-SHG) , Garrett Shea (Warrensburg-Latham), Noah Skinner (Rochester), Jack Staten (Spfld-SHG), Vince Vignali (Williamsville), Coaches: Mike Fitzgerald (Rochester), Bobby Dowson (Auburn)