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2013 State Champions

Posted October 16, 2013 by Joe Rehana in Sports
The Goreville Junior High Blackcats defeated Nashville 9-4 Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Perry County Fairgrounds in Pinckneyville to claim the 2013 Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association State Baseball Class M Championship title.  The state title is a first for the Junior High Blackcats who returned to Goreville with a parade and presentation to commemorate their award-winning season.  Pictured above, left to right, front row: Trent Glidewell, Landon Albright, Tyler Johnson, Tyler Pritchett, Logyn Frassato, Peyton Massey, Braden Webb, Raymond Lewis, Grant Venus, Caleb Murley, Peyton Geyman, Connor Johnson and Gavin Clark. Back row, left to right: Coach Bryan Webb, Chance Duringer, Gabe Snell, Brodie Lenon, Tanner Dunn, Logan Verble, Clayton Jones, Zane Schuetz and Coach Eric Messmer.

The Goreville Junior High Blackcats defeated Nashville 9-4 Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Perry County Fairgrounds in Pinckneyville to claim the 2013 Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association State Baseball Class M Championship title. The state title is a first for the Junior High Blackcats who returned to Goreville with a parade and presentation to commemorate their award-winning season. Pictured above, left to right, front row: Trent Glidewell, Landon Albright, Tyler Johnson, Tyler Pritchett, Logyn Frassato, Peyton Massey, Braden Webb, Raymond Lewis, Grant Venus, Caleb Murley, Peyton Geyman, Connor Johnson and Gavin Clark. Back row, left to right: Coach Bryan Webb, Chance Duringer, Gabe Snell, Brodie Lenon, Tanner Dunn, Logan Verble, Clayton Jones, Zane Schuetz and Coach Eric Messmer.

The Goreville Junior High Blackcats’ 2013 baseball team earned its place in history Thursday as the team defeated Nashville 9-4 at the Perry County Fairgrounds in Pinckneyville to claim the 2013 Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association State Baseball Class M Championship title.

The state title is a first for the Junior High Blackcats who returned to Goreville with a parade down Broadway and presentation at the High School Gymnasium to commemorate their award-winning season.

With its final victory of the 2013 season, the Junior Blackcats improved to 20-2 with several members of the team having an overall record estimated at 57-7, said coach Eric Messmer.

“It’s history making,” Messmer said, adding that it was a big day for everyone on the team.  Messmer said that as the group of players made their way up through the grades, it was thought that a special team was in the works.  “It’s a really good group; a really good group.”

The Junior Blackcats have made it to state for the past three years but only moved on to the finals back in 2001 when they brought home second place.  Goreville Community Unit School District #1 superintendent Dr. Steve Webb said everyone was very pleased with the team’s victory and that their performance on the field was outstanding.

“It’s a pretty special group coming through here if you haven’t noticed,” Webb said.  “In both basketball and baseball, they’re pretty solid.”

Messmer said that Chance Duringer pitched a good game and that as a team everyone was hitting the ball really well.

“It was a good overall team effort,” Messmer said.  “There’s a lot to be proud about today.”