GLEN ALLEN, Va. — The Boonville 13 All-Stars will begin their run for a Babe Ruth World Series Championship title Sunday in Glen Allen, Va., when they face off against host team Glen Allen.
The team advanced to the Babe Ruth World Series after rallying past Cimarron River to win the Midwest Plains Regional Tournament on Aug. 4. Trailing 7-0 in the first inning, the All-Stars came back to score 17 unanswered runs for a 17-7 victory over the host team.
“I will never doubt my team in any situation,” All-Stars coach Evan Oswald said.
In his first year as head coach, Oswald said he hopes to take his team all the way to the championship game 6:30 p.m. Friday .
The team left at 3:30 a.m. Thursday for the flight to Virginia. Many might wonder how a group of 13-year-olds dealt with such an early wake-up call.
"They were wired," Oswald said. "They wouldn't shut up on the bus."
The team will compete in the National Division pool against Middle Atlantic, Ohio Valley, Southwest and Glen Allen regions. Competing in the American Division are New England, Southeast, Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest and Virginia state champion. Pool play ends Wednesday when the top three teams in both divisions will advance to single elimination rounds.
“I wouldn’t trade (this) group of kids for anything right now,” Oswald said.
This is the Boonville team's third trip to the Babe Ruth World Series: The team previously advanced to the series in 1964 and 2007. The All-Stars play Glen Allen at 3 p.m. Central at Glen Allen Stadium. The Missourian will post updates Sunday.
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