Germantown Youth Baseball Team to Play in Cal Ripken League World Series
It is on short notice and a tight turnaround, but coaches, players and parents from the Germantown-based Upper Montgomery Athletic Club, or UMAC 10 and under baseball team are heading to the Cal Ripken League World Series, which is being held in Jonesboro, Ark., this weekend.
The players and coaches are flying down, according to team manager Drew Woolery, but parents have to figure out how they are getting down to Arkansas. “Part of what the Cal Ripken Organization provides,” said Woolery, “is they fly the coaches and kids to the site, and they pay for the coaches' hotel rooms. It gets the kids on the plane and keeps them together, but the parents have to figure out how they are going to get there. The short turnaround does throw extra excitement into it.”
The boys which are all, 10 or 11 years old, earned the plane tickets to the Cal Ripken World Series by beating teams from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the Regional Tournament, held in Warrington, Pa. last week.
While the success in the Regional Tournament has given the team confidence going into the World Series tournament, it is the past success and even hand of Coach Jody Pearre, who is making his second run at a national title with a UMAC team. Pearre, who son Luke Pearre is on the team, coached his older son to the Brady Pearre’s 12U team to the Cal Ripken World Series in 2012. That team won the United States National Championship but lost in the World Championship game.
“He has a lot of experience,” said Woolery. “It has been obvious since he took over the team this season. Since Coach Pearre took over, the team this the boys have been much better. The biggest thing he’s added is the ability to keep the kids on an even keel. There is more consistency. The kids aren’t quite as excitable. They don’t cheer and go crazy when things are going their way, and on the other hand, they don’t hang their heads and collapse when they face adversity. The whole team has done a much better job of staying on an even keel and playing consistency.”
The UMAC boys started the regional tournament with a 13-5 victory over the team representing Western New York. The UMAC team scored five runs in the first three innings and never looked back, jacking three home runs. Home runs for UMAC came when Tommy Roldan homered in the third inning, Ian Stewart homered in the third inning, and Luke Boyd homered in the fourth inning. Luke Boyd racked up three RBIs on one hit for UMAC, MD. He homered in the fourth inning. They added four more insurance runs in the fifth inning, on a bases-loaded walk, and another walk by Noah Ashker, and a two-run single by Oliver Martin.
The UMAC boys faced some adversity in their second game of the regional tournament losing 9-8 to the host team from Warrington, Pa., representing southeastern Pennsylvania. The boys were in for an heavy offense game that featured 20 hits by both teams, including eight extra base hits.
With one loss in the tournament, the UMAC boys knew that winning was the only way to advance in the tournament. They exploded for an 11-0 shut-out win over the team from Medford, NJ. An eight-run explosion in the third inning led UMAC to win in four innings. UMAC scored in the third on a passed ball, a hit by pitch, an error, a bases-loaded walk by Nicholas O'Brien, a sacrifice fly by Luke Pearre, a bases loaded walk by Tommy Roldan, and a two-run single by Noah Ashker. Trent Adelman racked up two RBIs on one hit.