The Bluejacket Chieftains, a youth baseball team made up of players from around the area, won the United States Specialty Sports Association 14u “A” World Series championship July 16 in Liberty, Missouri.
The Chieftains topped Hard Knoxs Baseball 13-3 in the championship game.
Junior Herrera was the championship game most valuable player for his outstanding job of pitching and hitting.
All five of the Chieftains’ tournament games were shortened because of the run rule.
They scored 61 runs and allowed only six runs.
In pool play on July 13, the Chieftains topped the Missouri Wolves, 13-1, and Hard Knoxs 14-0.
Then in bracket play on July 14, then defeated the East Side Bombers, also from Oklahoma, 10-1, and topped the Missouri Fishbones 11-3 in the July 15 semifinals.
Other teams entered in the tournament were the Kansas Naturals and 14u Bandits from Missouri.
The Chieftains had won the Oklahoma state championship in Tulsa to qualify for the Series.
Teams competed in three skill challenges on Thursday, July 12 that was part of opening ceremonies.
The Chieftains took first in a “Round the Horn” challenge.
Other skills contests were an accuracy throw and base running.
Members of the team include Jayden Anderson, Seth Hailey, Junior Herrera, Ty Hilton, Braxton Jones, Gavin Kihenia, Grant Loller, Koen Myrick, Wil Rife, Haydn Rogers, Kaden Tipton and Kaieson Vanatta.
Head coach is Tommy Tipton and assistant coaches are Brian Kelley, Derrick Loller and Shawn Hilton.