Omaha Tournament of Champions
Last Summer, My baseball team,The West LA Scorpions, went to Omaha, Nebraska for a tournament that coincided with the College World Series. There were 21 teams from all over the country. Teams came from Texas, Utah, Colorado, Florida and California, just to name a few. My team stayed in barracks located within walking distance of the playing fields. On the first night no one on my team could get to sleep and we ended up loosing our first game, which we played during a thunder storm. Then after resting in our room, we played a second game and won. That night, my dad and I went to see the UCLA Bruins baseball team play North Carolina State. UCLA beat NC state to advance in the College World Series. Next, we played three more pool play games and won all three, to advance to the A bracket of the elimination rounds. We played three games elimination games on thursday. In our first game of the day, I pitched five innings and hit a home run to help my team win the game walk off style in extra innings. We won one more game to advance to the championship game. The championship game is one which I will remember for a very long time. Our opponents were the Clutch Performance from Utah. It was a really exciting and nerve-racking game. Going into the last inning, we were loosing 13 to 14. With 2 outs and a man on first. My teammate, Chase Rowe came up to the plate. Earlier in the tournament he had competed in the Home Run Derby that was held there and he lost by one home run. Chase hadn't hit one home run since the night of the Derby. With a one ball, two strike count, He hit a home run to win the championship game in front of every other team in the tournament. My team went crazy and we mobbed Chase as he came around to touch the plate. I saw players, coaches and fans either in tears of joy or tears of sadness. We had won many other tournaments in the past but none compared to this one. This was a truly special moment because we had traveled so far and worked so hard for this one moment, and it was priceless. Players from the other teams congratulated us as we came back out of the dugout after celebrating our big win. At the awards ceremony we were all presented with championship rings and baseballs. The next morning my dad and I traveled back to Los Angeles. It was great to get back to the other members of my family and tell them about my trip. A few days later, we found out that UCLA had won the College World Series. Even though I am going back to Omaha next year, I will always remember this trip because I had a great time with my friends and we won in such dramatic and memorable fashion.