Southeastern Lexington's 15-year-olds traveled to Van Buren, Ark., hoping to prove they had the stuff of champions.
Saturday, they left no doubt.
Henry Clay sophomore Aaron McGeorge pitched a four-hitter, and Taylor Dunbar, Justice Slone and Tanner Hart drove in key runs as Southeastern defeated Brazoswood, Texas, 7-0, to win the Babe Ruth Baseball World Series.
Southeastern won three of its four pool-play games to earn a bye to the single-elimination semifinals, then won Friday and Saturday to take the championship.
When asked what pitches he had working Saturday, McGeorge said, "Everything." How frequently does he have everything working? "Not too often."
Head coach Todd Hart noted that McGeorge threw 73 pitches in seven innings. "A carve job," he called it. McGeorge struck out eight and did not walk a batter.
Hart was ecstatic afterward, seemingly not bothered a bit by the fact the team's success forced him to delay a planned vacation to Panama City, Fla.
"I'm blessed to be surrounded by such fine young men," Hart said. "I didn't have to worry about somebody complaining or griping about playing time. This was a team. This is what coaches dream about."
Southeastern lost only one game during its run through the state tournament, the Ohio Valley Regional and the World Series.
Hart was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, and was joined on the all-tournament team by Max Sweet and Parker Yeary. McGeorge made the all-defensive team.
The remainder of Southeastern's championship roster not previously mentioned were Gatewood Robbins, Tanner McCoy, Collin Coolbaugh, Josh Miller, Connor O'Neil, Jack Tipton, Trey Sturdivant and Matt Vassil.