Oak Grove 8U Cal Ripken Baseball State Champions

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Cal Ripken baseball champs.

The Oak Grove 8U Nationals are back to back Cal Ripken Baseball State Champions. This team of young baseball players won their District and State Tournaments as well as four All Star Warm-up tournaments counting for a 43-2 overall record in two years of All Star Baseball. Last year the Oak Grove Nationals finished third in their Regional Tournament hosted in Long Beach, Mississippi. This year, these boys traveled to Bryant, Arkansas to play in their Regional Tournament and finished third out of twenty two total teams that traveled from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Alabama.

Winning a State Championship at this level is amazing, especially being able to do it back to back. The state of Mississippi has over 40 teams competing in this age group each and every year. The commitment these players, coaches and parents make each year is very demanding.

Playing baseball at this level is also very expensive and the travel, uniform costs, equipment costs, tournament fees and any other related expenses could not be met without the assistance from sponsors within the community. We would like to take this time to thank all of our sponsors that made this amazing journey for these boys possible.

The sponsors for the 2013 and 2014 Oak Grove Nationals are:

  • Hattiesburg Eye Clinic
  • Family Practice After Hours Clinic
  • Broome and Sons Woodchipping
  • Lomax Trucking
  • Southern Pawn Inc
  • Casabella Furniture
  • Hattiesburg Clinic
  • Del Sol Mexican Restaurant
  • Gander Mountain
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Newks Café
  • DG Kennels
  • Compadres Taqueria & Grill
  • Country Creek RV & Marine
  • Eagle Transportation LLC
  • Puckett Rentals
  • CB Logistics
  • Leach Brothers Brokerage
  • Ladell & Angela Bounds
  • Southeastern Construction
  • Puckett Machinery
  • B & G Equipment
  • Pine Belt Oil
  • Williams Transport
  • Two Rivers
  • Fairchild Properties
  • Scott's Hydraulics
  • Southern Tire Mart
  • South Gate Timber
  • Jones Companies
  • Rutland Lumber
  • James Gibson
  • Richton Tie & Timber
  • Community Bank
  • Wright CPA
  • ABS Welding
  • Stribling Equipment