Three Runnels County teams will be headed to the Texas Teenage Baseball Association State Championship games in the 9U division to be held the week of July 16 in Colorado City.

Three Runnels County teams will be headed to the Texas Teenage Baseball Association State Championship games in the 9U division to be held the week of July 16 in Colorado City.

The Ballinger Raiders won the top seat after defeating Bronte in the district games. In addition, the Winters War Hawks won won first place in that league followed by the Ballinger Bombers, who will go as the second place winners. The War Hawks defeated the Bombers in the district game.

Andrew Peacock, who coaches the Ballinger Raiders said he is looking forward to the state tournament and that his team of players who range in age from 6-9 years old are preparing.

“This is my most favorite team that I’ve coached,” Peacock said. “We’ve had great support from the parents and the community.”

Winters War Hawks Coach Jeremy Alvarado, said the final game against the Ballinger Bombers was exciting, with the final score 4-2 favoring the War Hawks. The two teams are used to playing each other, last year, the outcome was just the opposite.

“We got second last year and they won state,” said Alvarado who has been coaching 9U for five years.

Ballinger Bombers Coach Gabe Cuellar, called the game against the War Hawks “awesome.”

Cuellar led the Bombers to state championships in 2016 and 2017.”

“It has been great coaching the kids,” Cuellar said. “I coach to teach the kids a lesson and to teach them the fundamentals of baseball.”

Alvarado said it has been a great year and that the players have matured.

“It was a good season, the pitching was a lot better,” Alvarado said. “This year everybody on the team wants to get up there and show them what we can do.”

Cuellar said he’s proud of the team and wants them to do well.

“Our motto is ‘be respectful and always be humble,’” Cuellar said.