Rockford Raptors tournament champions

Winning Raptors are (front row, l–r) Reid Kelley, Jon Stewart, Brent Showers, Bobby Wilson, David Sokol; (back) Andy Woodruff, Josh Neideck, Matt DiLeo, Kory Young, Ryan Jerrils and Andrew Searl.

Winning Raptors are (front row, l–r) Reid Kelley, Jon Stewart, Brent Showers, Bobby Wilson, David Sokol; (back) Andy Woodruff, Josh Neideck, Matt DiLeo, Kory Young, Ryan Jerrils and Andrew Searl.

The Rockford Raptors 13U baseball team went undefeated in winning the West Michigan Classic baseball tournament held May 2-3 at Huff Park in Grand Rapids. The Raptors completed the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record. With solid defense, timely hitting and good pitching, the Raptors compiled a 2-0 record in pool play with victories over Diamonds West and Sparta. In bracket play, the Raptors earned a spot in the championship game with victories over the Kalamazoo Maroons and the Grand Rapids Flames. With a match-up against West Michigan Elite Gold in the championship game, the Raptors fought back from an early 2-0 deficit with more timely hitting to secure an 8-5 victory. The Raptors next compete in the Fireball Classic Tournament on May 16-17 in Battle Creek.

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