Baseball boys target national glory

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MILTON Keynes Bucks stand on the brink of the National Baseball Championships once again as they look set to win the AA Midlands League.

Bucks have been in spectacular form this summer. Last year’s Single A champions have a formidable 14-1 record, and know that two wins against reigning AA champions and local rivals Leicester Blue Sox in Sunday’s double header would see the Midlands title head to Woughton on the Green.

As it stands, Bucks are currently four wins better off than closest rivals Birmingham Maple Leafs, and victory on Sunday would crown them champions. As champions of the region, Bucks will then have two play-off games against the AA champions/runners-up from the northern division.

Winning those matches will ensure Bucks will be part of the National Baseball Championships finals, where they would play a team from the southern area to be crowned national champs

Player Olly Calcutt explained: “Last year we won the Single A National Championship, so hopefully this year we can go one better.”

Bucks beat third placed Nottingham Rebels 9-4 last time out to put them on the brink of the Midlands title, and manager Ernie Ayala praised his side’s winning mentality.

He said: “Despite a few guys carrying niggling injuries, they all sucked it up and gave it their all.

“We can now rest some of our players to get ready for the play-offs in September and help develop our less experienced players for next season.”