Freedom Farm wins two titles at ‘Black World Series’
Published: Aug 02, 2013
The Freedom Farm Baseball League (FFBL) continues to get the job done.
The league won two titles at the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League (MJBL) 23rd Inner City Classic, as they took both the eight-and-under and 10-and-under divisions in Richmond, Virginia, this week. The classic, which is known as the ‘Black World Series’ is the oldest and longest running inner city baseball tournament in the United States. Young baseball players from 17 states and The Bahamas, ages 6-19, competed for the championships in six age brackets.
Freedom Farm has been a part of this international organization for the past eight years and captured its first championship in the eight-and-under division in Orlando, Florida two years ago. That coach pitch team was managed by Michael Rolle.
This week, Freedom Farm captured its second and third titles. Manager Dion Munroe led the coach pitch team to victory in the championship game, winning 12-5. The 10-and-under team started out ahead and was able to hold off a late surge by their opponents to win, 14-10. The 12-and-under team also played in the championship game and played an intense game, but came up short, losing 5-3 to the hometown team, Mosby Spartans. The Spartans finished the tournament with an unblemished 7-0 win/loss record.
According to reports, this was Freedom Farm’s best performance in the history of the classic, as they dominated the competition throughout.
The 10-and-under team, managed by Stephen Burrows, finished round-robin play with an unblemished record of five wins and no losses. They defeated the state
champions Mosby Spartans out of Virginia to secure their spot in the championship game. The 12-and-under team, managed by Patrick Moss, went undefeated in their pool with a 4-0 win/loss record to make it to the playoffs. They then defeated the state champions Hampton Road Grays out of Georgia, 8-4, in the quarter-finals, and then went on to defeat the MJBL Heat, 15-5, before losing to the Mosby Spartans in the championship game.
The league salutes all of its teams that represented themselves, and the country at large, well. The league will be hosting a special breakfast this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. for all coaches who have represented Freedom Farm this summer in the Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF), Babe Ruth and the MJBL tournament.
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