Cruisers take PONY baseball title

Pictured here is pitcher Nick Polan, who struck out more than 80 batters this season.

The Groveport Cruisers PONY division (ages 13-15) baseball team recently won its first Southeast Baseball League championship in five years after also winning the regular season for first time in 15 years.

During the four-game, single elimination tournament, Groveport’s Nick Polan recorded a no-hither in a 2-0 win versus Reynoldsburg and Hayden Barrett posted two wins, including the championship game.

“I’m proud of these young men and the commitment they showed to not only win the championship, but also to represent the community with pride and dignity,” said head coach Jason Polan. “We started as a young, undisciplined team three seasons ago and finished strong with virtually no weaknesses on or off the field.”

Team members are, from left to right: kneeling – Nick Polan, Malcolm Jones, Riley Cartmill, Tyler Reeves and Tyler Lutz; standing – Brett Dillinger, Gabe Winnestaffer, Jonathan Thompson, Zac Jenkins, Hayden Barrett and Cody Young.

The Cruisers scored 225 runs with an offense anchored by five players who batted over .500 and batted in more than 20 runs each. Those players included Riley Cartmill (.531 average / 25 RBIs), Brett Dillinger (.595 average/26 RBIs), Nick Polan (.537 average / 26 RBIs), Gabe Winnestaffer (.512 average / 28 RBIs) and Cody Young (.519 average / 21 RBIs).

Three-year PONY player Tyler Lutz led the Cruisers infield with only two errors on the season at second base. Centerfielder Malcolm Jones also committed only two errors and had several spectacular catches including a run-saving catch in the championship game.

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  1. First season 3 years ago, this team did not win any games all season. This is a true example of hard work and dedication. So proud of these boys!!

  2. I have really enjoyed watching my son and his team rise to this championship level! Congrats to all the coaching staff, players, and supportive parents. This has definitely been a season for the history books.


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