Rockford Raptors tournament champions

 The Rockford Raptors 14U baseball team went undefeated in winning the USSSA Lakeside Challenge which was held June 12-13 in Grand Rapids. The Raptors were seeded number one after completing pool play and earned a spot in the championship game with an 8-0 semifinal victory over the Birmingham Bulldogs. The Raptors coupled good hitting with strong pitching as they defeated West Michigan Elite Gold 8-0 in the championship game.

The Rockford Raptors team of (kneeling, l–r) Andrew Searl, Matt DiLeo, Jon Stewart, Bobby Wilson, David Sokol; (standing) Kory Young, Brent Showers, Ryan Jerrils, Jimmy Scales, Andy Woodruff; and (not pictured) Reid Kelley celebrate their victory in the USSSA Lakeside Challenge.

For the season, the Raptors have compiled a 23-5-3 record and now prepare for a trip to Omaha, Neb., where they will compete in the Triple Crown Sumpbusters Tournament on June 24-28. This tournament is held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I college world series.

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