The Oskaloosa Storm 11-year-old boys went to the USSSA State Tournament with the goal of bringing home the title, and they did just that.
The tournament consisted of the 27 AAA teams in the state of Iowa. Oskaloosa finished the weekend with a record of 5-1 overall and a perfect 4-0 on championship Sunday.
Oskaloosa was scheduled to play two pool play games on Friday, but the weather delayed the tournament a bit.
The Storm played their first game on Friday evening and lost 5-3 against the Shockers from Winterset. Oskaloosa then needed to play well in its second pool game on Saturday against the Ankeny Xplosion in order to qualify for the gold championship bracket. Oskaloosa came out firing and pounded the Ankeny team 16-0. This gave the Storm the 9th seed in the 16-team championship bracket, which began Sunday morning.
Oskaloosa had to play the 8th-seed Sioux City Sluggers to open up play on Sunday. The game was very competitive with Oskaloosa taking the victory 9-7. The Storm had to turn around immediately and play the next bracket game against the Iowa Hurricanes from Davenport. As the rain fell, the Storm powered through and won another good game 5-2, which put them in the semifinal game against the Heat Baseball Club 11U from Waterloo. The semifinal game ended up being an epic one as the Storm got out of a one-out,bases-loaded jam in the last inning to win 6-5 and advance to the state championship game against the always-tough Altoona Lightning.
The title game was an intense battle as the Storm got out to a 6-2 lead through the first 3 innings. The Oskaloosa 11-year-old boys then left no doubt about who the state champs were as the bats came alive and they scored 14 runs in the top of the fourth inning.
The boys came out to the field in the bottom of the fourth and had a perfect 1-2-3 inning to wrap up their first USSSA atate championship.
The Oskaloosa Storm improved their overall season record to 22-7 and wrapped up the season last weekend at the Grand Slam Slugger Classic in Iowa City.