The Ohio Glaciers 13U baseball team, which includes six Mahoning Valley players, made history last weekend by winning the Triple Crown Baseball World Series in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
The Glaciers organization was the first Ohio team to play in the Triple Crown Baseball World Series.
The championship game was telecast by CBS Sports Network.
In Steamboat, the Glaciers outscored their opponents, 59-36. They defeated OC Boltz from California to advance to the championship game where they defeated Bombers Baseball, 7-3. Bombers had outscored its opponents, 61-40.
During the tournament, catcher Joe DeLucia of Canfield made key defensive plays while Joey Machuga, a pitcher/infielder also of Canfield, played strong defense at third base had several key hits and RBIs.
Columbiana’s Michael McDonough pitched the final three innings of the championship game.
Zach Tinkey of Canfield had significant hits, made numerous plays at first base and pitched.
The Glaciers got good production out of leadoff batter Michael Turner of Champion, who played shortstop.
Canfield’s Anthony Vross played second base and pitched, and had key RBI hits.
Other players were: Kyler Fedko, Ryan Petrone, Sam Garner, Corey Solomon, Markus Schlabach, Christian Fedko, Parker Shannon, Steven Kokoski, Michael Turner and Jake McCurry.
The tournament consisted of 26 teams from 12 states. The Glaciers also defeated Lasorda University from Arizona, Seattle Stars from Washington and Riverside Riot from California.
“These kids have an amazing work ethic that helped them get to this point,” Glaciers manager Anthony Vross said. “Their dedication has definitely paid off and they’ll hold on to these fond memories forever.”
The Glaciers qualified for Steamboat earlier this summer during a tournament in Youngstown.
While many of the teams at the event have the advantage of playing in mild-climate areas, the Glaciers utilize an indoor facility in Struthers during the winter months.
The Glaciers organization has 10 teams, varying in age from 9 through 22. The 13U season record was 53-12 with five tournament championships.
Bob Tinkey, Darren Machuga, Brian Turner, Jack Kucek, John Zizzo and Jay Fennel were assistant coaches.