Indians seek second title

By Anthony Rhoads

Most baseball teams are lucky to win one World Series in a single season but the Morrow/Lake City (13-14) Indians have a chance to win two championships this year.

The Indians recently won the ?Simply the Best' World Series in Panama City, Fla. and this week, they will be playing in the AABC Sandy Koufax (13-14) World Series.

"It's been eight years we've been together and this year I think we will come back with the championship," head coach Michael Weems said. "I hope we can represent Clayton County well on this trip. We've got a great group of kids who have been together since 7/8; it's been a great season."

Weems is excited about the chance to coach his team to two World Series championships this season.

"It's great," he said. "It's wonderful to see those boys with smiles on their faces. I can't explain it. It's a great opportunity to be at this level."

The Sandy Koufax tournament will be Thursday-Sunday in Gurnee, Ill.

The Indians' first game will be Thursday against the Seattle Stars, the West champions.

"It feels great," team member Keith Gaines said. "I think we're going to win it all."

The Indians earned the right to go to the World Series by winning the Southeast Regionals, held recently at Morrow/Lake City Park.

The Indians then continued their winning ways in Florida. They went to the ?Simply the Best' tournament and finished that tournament undefeated.

"We have a great team," Edmond Sparks said. "I wanted to go to a World Series and my dream came true. It's been a great year."

Ryan Kleckley is also looking forward to playing in the World Series.

"I want to go up there and have fun," he said. "If we win, we win; if we lose, we lose but it will be better to win it."

The Indians headed out to Illinois Tuesday afternoon. Two Henry County players, Clark Dickinson and Craig Walters, were unable to leave with their teammates because of school. They are flying out today to be with the team.