At the start of the summer, Rob Hill knew his youth baseball team had the pitching and the hitting to be good.
He just didn’t expect them to be this good.
Outscoring opponents 5-1 on average and compiling a 48-6 record, the Mill Town Bombers, a Select 11U team made up of players from Yelm and Lacey, qualified for the Triple Crown World Series in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Aug. 3-8.
“Jay Buhner put together a team that had a string of wins like this a couple of years ago, and this group is as good,” Hill said. “We’ve had great pitching and clutch hitting.”
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The six Bombers from Yelm are Hunter Littlejohn, Justin Polzin, Garrett Friesz, Parker McFadden, Riley Ramahlo and Dakota Hill.
The four Bombers from Lacey are Easton Trakel, Alfonso Gonzales, Tanner Anderson and Ryan Connor. Hunter Klein is from Spanaway.
Mill Town has won seven straight tournaments and eight total. It qualified for the World Series by winning the Triple Crown Father’s Day Fest in the Tri-Cities in June, going 5-0.
The Bombers are an offensive power.
“I’d say two-thirds of our roster is batting over .500,” Hill said. “The kids are also good kids.
“These kids hang out together. They go camping together. It’s not just going to practice.”
Mill Town’s top pitchers are Gonzales, McFadden, Polzin, Connor and Anderson.
“We’re five deep,” Hill said. “They could all be aces on any team.”
Hill and his team have been fundraising.
Anyone wanting to donate can go to the team’s Web site, milltownbombersbaseball.com.