The Mill Creek Hawks 10-and-under travel baseball team won the United States Sports Specialty Association (USSSA) world series on July 22 in Southaven, Miss.
The Hawks went 2-1 in pool play and beat four of the top-ranked teams in the country to advance to the Final Four. In the semifinals, Mill Creek topped the Bayou Bucs 11-6 to advance to the finals.
In the championship game against the Arkansas Scorpions, the Hawks fell behind 3-0 before rallying in the bottom of the fourth. Blake Nichols' three-run homer gave the Hawks a 6-3 lead and Jonathan Hughes pitched the final inning to pick up the win.
Nichols was named the tournament's offensive MVP and Hughes was the tournament MVP.
Team members are Nichols, Hughes, Joey Bart, Jacob Freeland, Bailey Godfrey, Robert Kwaitkowski, Mason Lancaster, Justin Seabolt, Justin Reppert, Nicholas Neidert and Grant Mahaley.
The team is coached by Joe Godfrey, Boby Freeland, Dave Nichols, Danny Hughes, John Reppert, Greg Mahaley and Amy Mahaley.
Mill Creek finished the season with a 68-15 record, which included a Greater Gwinnett Baseball League championship and a second place finish at the USSSA state championship.
Strong Start for Atlanta School of Gymnastics at Roswell meet
The Level-5 girls from ASG/Lawrenceville started their season off strong at the Judges Blast-Off in Roswell on Sept. 8-9.
In the senior B Division, McKenzie Murdock claimed first place on bars with a score of 9.475, while teammate Kathryn Campbell captured second place with a 9.275. Both Murdock and Campbell tied for fourth place in the all-around with a score of 34.650.
Taking fifth place on bars with a 9.2 and eighth all-around was Natalie Busener followed by Katelyn Lewis, who took fourth place on vault with an 8.8 and ninth place in the all-around. Kassia Florentine proved steady on beam earning a 9.0 finishing in 12th place.
In the junior A Division, Paige Smith led the ASG team, claiming first place on beam with a 9.2, second place on vault and bars and finished in second place in the all-around with an incredible score of 36.300.
In the junior B Division, Alexa George earned second place on the vault with an 8.850, third place on floor with a 9.1 and claimed the No. 3 spot in the all-around with a 35.325. Maya Bush vaulted her way to first place with a 9.1 and finished seventh in the AA with a 34.650. Brittany Dodero tied for seventh place on the floor with an 8.6 while finishing 13th in the all-around.
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