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Coppell Cowboys 10U Red Front Row (l-r): “Iron” Caden Forsythe, Caleb “CK-1” Klibert, “Dr.” Drew Minnick, Zander “Z-Man” Zeff, Grant “G-Money” Gilbert. Second Row (l-r): Braden “Playmaker” Stokes, Will “T-Rex” Trevathan, Brandon “Big Breakfast” Livingston, Nate “Terminator” Cook, Austin “Bear” MacLean, Will “The Thrill” Stevens. Back Row (l-r): Coach Sean Minnick, Coach/Instructor Derek Brandow, Head Coach Mike Stevens.

It only took 15 hours and five baseball games in one day for the Coppell Cowboys 10U Red to win the USSSA Baseball State Championship (10U AA) on June 11, 2017. The Cowboys beat the Texas Titans, 9-2, to collect their HUGE championship ring. 

“Dr.” Drew Minnick pitched all four innings in the Championship game, only allowing three hits and two runs (only one earned). This was the second tournament championship game Minnick has started and won this season for the Cowboys.

In the Championship game, Caleb “CK-1” Klibert, Grant “G-Money” Gilbert, and Austin “Bear” MacLean each scored two runs, leading the team in scoring. Will “T-Rex” Trevathan led the team with two hits, going 2-2 and also scoring a run. Zander “Z-Man” Zeff led the team with two RBI. 

The Cowboys entered bracket play as the 12th seed of 22 teams. Because of rain, pool play was reduced to one game. The Cowboys tied GATA, 6-6. 

As the 12th seed, they won their first game 17-1 against the NTX Dogs. Klibert, “Iron” Caden Forsythe, and Gilbert combined for a no-hitter, allowing one run (unearned) and striking out 4. Klibert and Trevathan led the team with 3 RBI each. 

The next game in bracket play was the closest of the day. The Cowboys beat Southern Elite II, 5-2. Brandon “Big Breakfast” Livingston pitched 3.2 innings, only allowing 4 hits and 2 runs (one earned) while striking out five. Will “The Thrill” Stevens shut the door on the Elite, striking out the only hitter he faced. Braden “Playmaker” Stokes led the team in hitting, going 2-2 and scoring two runs.

The Cowboys kept rolling behind Stevens in the third game. Stevens pitched four innings, only allowing 4 hits and three runs (one earned) while striking out three. The Cowboys defeated the Dugout, 8-3, to send the team to the semi-final. Stokes again led the team in hitting, going 2-3 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. 

The Cowboys, playing their fourth game of the day, looked even more energized. The Cowboys wanted the championship, winning 10-1 against the Stingrays 10U. Nate “Terminator” Cook took the mound and dominated, throwing a no-hitter and only giving up one earned run. He struck out 6. Klibert, Trevathan, Minnick, and Forsythe collected two hits apiece to lead the team. 

Five games in 15 hours. The Cowboys never tired. They played hard every moment, each win fueling the team. Congratulations to the Coppell Cowboys 10U Red winning the USSSA 10U AA State Championship.