August 8, 2015
Twice as nice
West University becomes first U.S. team to repeat,
first to 3 World Series titles
By Sam Coombs
West University L.L., West University Place, Texas, used a seven-run uprising in the bottom of the third inning to break a 1-1 tie with East Holmes L.L., Holmes County, Ohio, and win the 2015 Senior League Baseball World Series title game 8-1.
The energy was high at Shawn T. Mansfield Stadium for the game between defending World Series and U.S. Southwest champ West University and U.S. Central champ Holmes County, Ohio. The players were excited to take the field on national television with ESPN cameras positioned in center field, down the left and right field lines and one behind home plate.
East Holmes came out scoring first and made it interesting for a while until West University put a crooked seven runs on the board in the third. West University then cruised to the 8-1 win to become the first back-to-back champions in Bangor and the first team from the United States in history to win back-to-back titles.
This is West University’s third World Series title, breaking a tie with Hilo L.L., Hilo, Hawaii, for the most Senior League Baseball World Series titles by a U.S. league.
The first inning didn’t start out the way West University starting pitcher Joe Gobillot or manager Clint Sauls might have liked. The U.S. Central champs from Ohio grabbed their bats in the top half of the first inning as Gobillot took the mound but struggled with his command early. He allowed an infield single to Tyson Gingerich and then surrendered two walks to load the bases with no outs.