LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - McCutcheon high school held a pep session for the McCutcheon Pony team that has advanced to the World Series Tuesday night.
The McCutcheon Mavericks 13U Pony team has a combined record of 54-4 this year. The future Mavs competed in numerous travel tournaments on weekends beginning in April and ending June.
They won two tournaments in Ohio, one tournament in Illinois, and two tournaments in Indianapolis this season.
The Mavericks took their play to another level when they played in the Zone tournament in Evansville last week where they went 5-0 to advance to the World Series.
"They've worked hard, we've been working since January with indoor workouts all the way up through last week when we went to the Zone tournament. When we got together in January we talked about it being our goal and they didn't want to set themselves short and I can tell you when they made that final out down there in Evansville it was chaos. They were excited and it was nice to sit back and watch because all there hard work had paid off," said McCutcheon head coach Justin Hartman.
The World Series will be played in Fullerton, CA and begins on July 26th when McCutcheon faces the host team Fullerton, CA at 7:30 p.m.
The double elimination tournament includes teams from Laredo, TX, Mexico, Fullerton, CA, Bakersfield CA, Levittown, Toa Baja Puerto Rico, Cleveland, OH, and a representative to be determined from the West Zone.
Former McCutcheon Maverick and current San Diego Padre pitcher Clayton Richard surprised the team with a motivational speech and told the 15 Mavericks to enjoy their trip to California.
"We're all very proud of what they've done so far and we look forward what they are doing and what they are going to do. We just want to tell them that we're excited for them and to have fun. I know they've worked hard and to continue to work hard and things will hopefully go there way," said Clayton Richard.
This is McCutcheon's second World Series trip in 3 years and is a team that consists of all 13 year old players that will attend McCutcheon High School when they become freshman.
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