It took nine years, but Top Tier Baseball is back in the Connie Mack World Series.
The Chicago-based program earned its only other trip to Farmington in 2007, during its first year as a club, and the program is now ready for another chance at the title.
"Our guys are very excited to come down," Top Tier coach Steve Libman said. "We know how big of an event this is, and we know how much the community is behind this and contributes to the event being the biggest stage there is for 18-year-olds. It creates a really special opportunity for these kids, and it’s really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Top Tier earned its bid to this year’s series by winning the North Central Regional Qualifier in late July. Libman said many of his players were asked to go beyond their usual roles to capture that title.
"I think we went through the tournament with 10 or 11 players, so our guys were asked to do a lot of things that they usually don’t do," Libman said. "We had guys on the mound or playing positions that they haven’t played before, and the result was a great team effort. I think they believe in themselves and believe in their teammates."
Libman said part of the reason the roster was so thin for the regional event was because some players made previous commitments to their college programs.
"We have guys going to (Texas Christian University), Ole Miss and Illinois State who have been down there for the summer, and it's made some conflicts," Libman said.
Leading the attack for Top Tier’s offense will be Wake Forrest signee Bobby Seymour, along with Jordan Libman and Robby McGaha.
At the top of the team’s pitching rotation will be Michael Sevvy and Kolton Rominski.
A Closer Look
Coach: Steve Libman
Region: North Central
Roster (name, position)
Jack Coney, INF
Griffen Kelty, P
Jordan Libman, OF
Robby McGaha, INF/OF
Michael Sevvy, P/OF
Drew Mullarky, INF
Maclain Neal, INF
Kolton Rominski, P/INF
Bobby Seymour, INF/OF
Patrick Loeffler, INF
Michael Kruse, P/OF
Kelvin Sarver, C/P
Zach Redis, P
Jack Bellinger, P