FARMINGTON — A couple of familiar faces have booked their returns to the Connie Mack World Series.
D-BAT and Frozen Ropes locked up the first two berths into the CMWS by winning the National and American qualifiers.
D-BAT head coach Pat Leach is bringing his team back for a second straight year after knocking off the Trombly Nighthawks 3-1 on June 29 in Surprise, Ariz.
"We knew this was the 50th anniversary, and it will be special to be there," Leach said.
Leach's team had to battle through a pair of losses to make their way back to the series.
The Dallas based D-BAT dropped a game in pool play to Mexicali, then lost its opening game in the double-elimination bracket to Trombly before running off five consecutive victories to win the tournament.
"When we lost, I still thought we had a chance to win the tournament," Leach said. "We played better once our backs were against the wall."
Two players will make their return to Farmington for D-BAT, including Jacob Patterson, who was named the pitcher of the tournament in the National Qualifier.
Frozen Ropes joined D-BAT on Sunday by winning the American Qualifier in Troy, N.Y. for the second straight year.
Frozen Ropes, out of McKinney, Texas, had a little easier time clinching their bid than D-BAT, winning all seven games in New York, but needed a comeback victory in the final to earn its spot.
Entering the bottom of the seventh trailing 3-1 to a different D-BAT squad, the Frozen Ropes put up three runs to secure the walkoff win.
"It's unreal," Frozen Ropes head coach Danny Florence said. "This is a new team except for three guys. It's been the goal from the beginning. You can't really explain Farmington to the guys. You just have to experience it. I wish we could go right now."
Frozen Ropes is scheduled to play the opening game of the CMWS against the Puerto Rico qualifier on Aug. 1.
D-BAT is set to open its tournament on Aug. 2 against the North Atlantic qualifier.
The next CMWS bid is set to be awarded today to Puerto Rico qualifier champion.
The quest for the host bid begins Tuesday with the bracket being determined by a random draw today.