Travel team wins Elite Baseball World Series

Published 3:51 pm Monday, August 8, 2011

MEMBERS OF THE BAINBRIDGE FORCE are pictured above: front row, left to right, Jackson McCullough, Quayde Hawkins, Jack Hinson, Jack Burk and B. J. Gadsen; middle row, Wil Cook, Connor Poitevint, Robbie McMillian, Michael Conder, Nolan Barr and Preston Scott; back row, coach Trey Hawkins, coach Mike Conder, Kate Poitevint and coach Paxton Poitevint. Not pictured is Caden Brock.

The Bainbridge Force, a travel team composed of 7- and 8-year-old baseball players, took first place at the Elite Travel Baseball World Series in Quitman last weekend.

Coaches of the team were Trey Hawkins, Paxton Poitevent and Mike Conder. Players were Nolan Barr, Caden Brock, Jack Burk, Wil Cook, Michael Conder, B. J. Gadsen, Quayde Hawkins, Jack Hinson, Jackson McCullough, Robbie McMillian, Connor Poitevent and Preston Scott.

“These kids are dedicated, and just want to play ball,” coach Hawkins said. “We went to our first tournament in early July and finished second out of five teams, and that just fueled the desire.”

The team’s next tournament resulted in a third-place finish, but last weekend they got their first tournament victory at Quitman.

“We were hoping to give the kids the opportunity to play a little more baseball, and work on their skills, but winning a tournament was icing on the cake,” Poitevint said. “It just goes to show you what a dedicated group of kids and parents can achieve in a short period of time.”

“Sometimes, especially in the summer, it’s asking a lot for a player to show up to practice twice a week and give up their weekends to travel out of town,” Conder said. “We’re very appreciative of these families and their commitment.”

The Force will play their final tournament of the summer Sat., Aug. 13, in Cairo.

“Winning is great,” Hawkins said, “But more importantly, we’re just having fun.”