July 22, 2007 - A Day Years In The Making
On Saturday, July 21, the Americus Travelers defeated the Hitting Zone to make it to the Championship
Round. Their opponent would be the winner of the Southside Storm - St. Clair Shores Mariners matchup.
As it turned out, the Storm took the win early the morning of July 22. But for the Storm to emerge
as the overall champion, they would have had to beaten the Travelers twice. The result? A split,
with the Storm taking the first game, 9-7, then the Travelers taking the second and deciding game,
In the Championship Game, Americus plated three in their initial at-batter, what with Adam Fussell's hit that brought in a run and Will Gordon's deuce scoring hit. In the third frame, Fuller Timmerman's double brought in a pair of Travelers. Gordon would drive in another to push the score to 6-3 in the fourth. Will Raines started on the mound, but for the final three frames, the ball was given to David Byrd. With deuce outs recorded in the seventh, Byrd induced a grounder back to him, then tossed the ball to first to record the last out.
COACH ESTES COMMENTS:
"This is such an awesome moment. It is everything I dreamed it would be. These kids have played so hard this week and they deserve to celebrate - we're the national champions.
This has been 13 years in the making and so many people have helped us to get to this point. Every player on our team no matter how big or small their role may have been, played a part in this, and we all share it together."
July 22, 2007 marked the final game for Tim Estes as Head Coach of the Americus Travelers - but what a way to wrap things up!
"One Step At A Time To The Title"
All Star Travelers
"You just had to be there! It was an awesome tournament through and through, and not only am
I proud of the Travelers for their outstanding play, but I have to tip my hat to the other teams
who were there. Each of the teams we faced were all class acts. I'm really thrilled that I had
the privilege of sharing the moments with my favorite ball team...|
Ken "Moose" Harrill