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Clear Ridge makes Illinois history with Senior League World Series win

02 August 2011: Major League baseballs prior to batting practice at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI.
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The Clear Ridge Baseball club, a team from the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, won the Senior League World Series on Saturday. Upon clinching the title over the weekend in Bangor, Maine, the team created some remarkable headlines as Clear Ridge has only existed since the month of May.

Although the majority of the 15 and 16-year-olds have been playing together since they were as young as seven years old, they had been playing on different teams until joining the Clear Ridge Baseball club this year.

“These guys are not quitters,” said the team’s manager Mark Robinson.” They’ll beat anything. We have all the confidence in the world in them. This is what we started out two months ago to do and we did it. We were at one point, one pitch away from being eliminated in the districts and we came back to win that and haven’t lost since.”

Clear Ridge is also the first team from the state of Illinois to ever win the Senior League World Series while the roster is made up of players from different Catholic high schools in the area.

Due to earning the historic championship, the team returned to a hero’s welcome on Sunday while hundreds of family and friends greeted the players. Next Saturday, Clear Ridge will receive even more praise as an even bigger rally will be hosted to honor the club.

However, Robinson has higher expectations for his players now that the club has already accomplished one goal: “that they go on to play Division 1 school baseball. Become great pillars of the community.”

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