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(Front row, from left) Coach Cape Bell, Barron Brown, Joe Sondock, Mitchell Black, Turner Gauntt, Thomas Parks, Harrison Burks, and Henry Hughey (Back row, from left) Coach Parker Duffie, Jared Burch, William James, Joe Gobillot, Michael Streitmann, Jacob Millender, Jimmy Winston, John Doxakis, Manager Clint Sauls, and Coach James Williamson. (Not pictured) Owen Holt and Brady McConaty. (Photo source: Manager Clint Sauls)
Despite a slow start and the added pressure of ESPN cameras, the West U boys were able to secure victory at the recent World Series. East Holmes capped off the Aug. 8 game when they scored the first run of the game during the top of the first inning against West U pitcher Joe Gobillot, who currently attends St. John’s School. West U tied it up by the bottom of the first inning.
But it wasn't until the third inning when massive hits from Jimmy Winston, William James, Joe Gobillot, Turner Gauntt and Mitchell Black kicked off a seven-run inning and propelled the West U team to a smooth victory over their opponents from Ohio.
The West University Seniors have the unique privilege of celebrating back-to-back world championships. West U is the first U.S. senior team to successfully win back-to-back championships. The 8-1 victory over East Holmes L.L., Holmes County, Ohio marks West U’s third World Series victory, having one in 2009, 2014 and 2015.
Manager Clint Sauls could not say enough about the boys' accomplishments, saying that they're a "special group of kids" who worked "extremely hard" to achieve the goals set at the beginning of the summer.
"It wasn't easy but these guys stayed focused and were able to accomplish exactly what they set out to do," he said, "They did it all while representing their league, city, and families with the upmost respect and honor. They did Houston and West University Little League proud.”
It is safe to say the entire community is proud of this team and all they have accomplished.