The Banks Braves Junior American baseball team, coached by Bobby Wormington, defeated Sherwood Wilson 8-1 on Sunday, July 23, for first place in the Junior Baseball Organization (JBO) State Championship.
Over 60 Junior American teams competed throughout the season, which runs April through July, for a chance to place in the top 12 of the JBO State Championship bracket.
The Braves team of fifth/sixth-graders went undefeated in league games with a 16-0 record and placed second at the Westside District Tournament, losing to the same Sherwood Wilson team twice.
After qualifying for the state event, the team went undefeated with a 4-0 record, beating Stayton, McMinnville, West Albany, and finally redeeming their district loss with a victory over Sherwood for first place. Along with the team championship, Banks' Logan Kind was awarded the 2017 JBO Junior American Individual Sportsman Award.
The Banks Community — per usual — showed their support with an impressive crowd on hand to cheer on their Braves.
"It was great to see so many Banks family and friends show up for the championship game," said Lisa Kind, Logan's mother and a strong supporter of Banks youth baseball. "Our community really cares and supports their youth!"
In addition to the Junior American team, Banks had two other teams make it to the State Playoffs, with the Senior American Team (seventh/eighth-graders), coached by Eric Bunn, placing fourth overall and the Midget American Team (third/fourth-graders), coached by Nick Gilbert, finishing a respectable fifth.