The Clermont County based Midland Indians won the Continental American Baseball Association (CABA) 18-under Wood Bat World Series. It was the second consecutive national championship for the squad.
The World Series was played this month in Charleston, S. C.
Head coach Andy Ey’s team completed its outstanding campaign with a 28-12-1 record.
The Indians, who are also members of the Southwest Ohio League, play their home games at Midland Field, that is located just west of Amelia High School in Batavia Township. The Clermont County team’s schedule consisted of round-robin contests throughout the summer.
"Austin started the season about two weeks after the team got started, but he did extremely well," said Ey who is a former successful head baseball coach at Amelia High School. "He has a very good curve and he continued to progress all season."
In the World Series championship game, Midland defeated the host Diamond Devils of Charleston.
The Diamond Devils was the same team the Indians defeated in the CABA Wood Bat World Series title game last year. This year the Clermont countians scored one run in the seventh and last inning to emerge victorious 4-3.
Ey pointed out his team, coaches, and fans are all very impressed and pleased with their home field facilities and situation.
"The facilities are top-notch. The people in Clermont County and Amelia have been outstanding to us. They have been very friendly and very giving to the kids. We are very thankful and proud of that."
The Midland Indians roster includes the college of which some of the players will be attending this autumn.
Joel Bender, left hand pitcher (University of Louisville); Carson Bryant, right hand pitcher; Colin Chapman, right hand pitcher; Caleb Correll, outfielder (King College, Tn.); Zach Fish, outfielder; Jake Forrester, catcher (Xavier University); Ryan Haynes, right hand pitcher; Craig Hyson, outfielder and first baseman (Wright State University); Clint Jones, left hand pitcher and first bseman; Scott Klever, right hand pitcher and utility player (Xavier University); Alex Ledford, right hand pitcher; Aaron Marrero, catcher and utility player; Nick Mason, right hand pitcher; Tim McKeithan, infielder; Matt McLaughlin, right hand pitcher; Phil Mosey, infielder; Matt Pate, right hand pitcher (University of North Carolina - Asheville); Bela Perler, right hand pitcher; Mitch Proctor, right hand pitcher; Logan Schmidt, infielder (King College, Tn.); Jay Schunk, catcher and utility player; Kevin Thamann, infielder (University of Dayton); Dakota Thomas, pitcher (Western Carolina University); Boo Vazquez, outfielder; Austin Warden, left hand pitcher; Matt Williams, infielder (University of Cincinnati); and Stephen Wytiaz, infielder (as yet undecided).
The coaches of the Indians
Head coach Andy Ey, and assistant coaches Mike Maundrell, A. J. Upton, and Doug Kruthaupt.