Indiana Bulls Black 13U Overcome Grueling Schedule, Win Global World Series

The 13U Indiana Bulls Black (pictured) from Zionsville, Indiana, played nine games in four days (including four on Sunday) and went 8-1 overall to win the USSSA Global World Series at Grand Park this past weekend in Westfield, Indiana. The Bulls- Black bounced back from a second round Bracket A loss to Rhino North to battle their way back for a title game rematch in which they won convincingly, 10-2.

This Global World Series field was packed with 25 qualified teams predominantly from the state of Indiana. There were other states represented in Westfield such as Missouri, Michigan, Iowa and Illinois. About half of the teams were Major classified and the other half carried AAA designations into competition. Teams were broken into five pools to compete in a four- game round robin schedule before being placed in one of four brackets based on record and average runs allowed.

The 13U Indiana Bulls Black were assigned to Pool C along with the Cedar Rapids Reds from Iowa and three Indiana based squads: the Summit City Sluggers 13U, 13U Indiana Nitro Gold and the Northern Indiana Elite. The Bulls began its tournament against the Sluggers. They completely overmatched the AAA-classified team 14-2 as starting pitcher Nick Kallen went the entire four innings in this mercy rule game for the Bulls.

The following pool game against Nitro Gold was a similar result to the first – this time a 9-1 thrashing of a AAA team and the Bulls needed to use just a single pitcher – Brett Denby for an outstanding six frames. The third pool game for the Bulls could have been viewed as a test since it came against a Major team, the Reds. This too was lopsided by the score of 9-3. Manager Quinn Moore used two pitchers in this game, Cole Cardwell for five innings and Brett Sherrard for the final three outs.

The Bulls completed round robin play with an exclamation point. They routed the Northern Indiana Elite 14-2 and only had to use one arm, Nate Horten’s for four solid innings. At the conclusion of the first round there were only three other undefeated teams other than the Bulls – the Indiana Blazers, Indiana Elite and Rhino North. Each of those teams (plus four others based on performance) would advance to the top bracket to determine a champion.

In the first round, it was more of the same for the 13U Indiana Bulls Black. They triumphed over the SC Vipers 10-2 thanks in large part to Isaac Bair for 5 strong innings on the hill. This would set up a matchup against fellow undefeated Rhino North (IL). On this day the Rhino was superior to the Bull and they escaped with a narrow 6-5 victory sending the Bulls to the brink of elimination.

Next the Bulls were sent to compete versus the Indiana Blazers. They squeezed by the Blazers 7-6 to set up a game against Little Caesars 13U in which the winner would advance to the championship. This matchup was much more comfortable than the last couple for the Bulls as they posted 12 runs in a 12-2 rout. Dylan Bryant shouldered most of the responsibilities on the mound (5 IP) as Max Bond entered in relief to get the final six outs. The championship game proved to be sweet revenge for the Bulls over Rhino North (30-3 overall record) as they rebounded in a big way 10-2 to win their second USSSA tournament in three tries this year.

The 13U Indiana Bulls Black now have a 15-2 overall record, including an 8-1 In Class mark.