Pittsburg Post 64 returns to Mid-South Regional Tournament

The Patriots won the state title on Saturday and advance to the regional tournament beginning Wednesday

PITTSBURG, Ks. – For the second straight year, Pittsburg Post 64 won the state title and will be competing in the Mid-South Regional Tournament. The Patriots hit the road for Alabama this morning.

“Our pitchers have been awesome,” says Pittsburg head coach Tyler Brynds. “We’ve been going five or six innings deep per start. Our defense, especially our outfield, has been incredible for us. They pretty much get to every ball in the air and it puts a lot of pressure on another teams offense to score runs when they get the chance.”

The Patriots return a few players from last years team that went to regionals. Those guys have a chip on their shoulders.

“We definitely played some good teams last year and didn’t come out on top, but I think that drives us even harder to win some this year and make it even farther into the tournament,” says pitcher Trevor Amershek. “I need to stand out as a leader and let my teammates know that teamwork and sportsmanship is a big factor in this.”

“It’s super motivating,” Brynds says, “I think last year gave us some really good experience seeing the level of pitching and just being in that atmosphere with that kind of crowd and that kind of pressure. Those returners are passing down their experience to the the other guys. Hopefully that gives us an edge going into it.”

Pittsburg enters the regional tournament with a 16-10-1 record. They’ve played a tougher than usual schedule and are expecting it to continue to pay off this post season.

“In the beginning of the year we went to a lot of showcase tournaments and played a lot of good teams and it kind of lowered our confidence a little bit,” Amershek says. “Then we went to the state tournament and kind of just rolled through it and it felt really good. I think that’s giving us the confidence we need to down here and play our best game and win some games.”

Pittsburg faces Tupelo, the Mississippi state champions, in their first game of the tournament on Wednesday at 1pm. Tupelo is 32-1 this season.