Good luck to Mifflin County 15s at Babe Ruth World Series

Later today, Mifflin County’s 15-year-old all-stars begin play in the Babe Ruth Baseball World Series in Longview, Washington. They do so, having not only shown their mettle by winning three games in one day (including one in extra innings) against two different teams to advance from the regional tournament, but also as largely the same group of kids who won it all two years ago as 13-year-olds in Iowa.

For most, a trip to the World Series is a once-in-a-lifetime type of opportunity, let alone actually bringing home the title. But for many of these kids, they’re aiming for the rarified air of being two-time World Series champs — an uncommon occasion when being called a “two-timer” is a good thing.

Needless to say, these kids are battle tested and can never be counted out until that 21st out is recorded against them in an elimination game (a standard Babe Ruth game lasts seven innings). For that reason alone, they have to be thought of as contenders to win the whole thing.

But even if it doesn’t go well out west and the dream ends there, it’s still been a remarkable run for this league — one that may never be repeated — and these players and this area have every right to be incredibly proud of what they’ve done.

As the tournament unfolds, our own Babe Ruth stalwart Ray Wilde will be there every step of the way bringing everyone back home the story of what happens in the Evergreen State. We’re also going to make every reasonable effort, despite the time difference, to get every Mifflin County game in the next day’s edition.

We’ll also have photographs so that all of us here in Pennsylvania can feel a bit closer to the action, even if it is nearly 2,300 miles and three time zones away.

And we couldn’t be prouder of the kids we’re covering or more honored to bring the coverage to you.

We don’t know how or when Mifflin County’s season will end. But we do know that this area’s Babe Ruth program receives a level of support few others can match and when these players and coaches come home, they’ll be rightfully honored for their achievement (especially if it’s with some more championship hardware).

From all of us at The Sentinel, we wish good luck to the players, coaches and parents in Washington.

All of us back home could not be more proud of you.

And as for who we’re rooting for? As Ray would say, “MC, baby!”

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