NILES, Mich. (WNDU) - There’s a baseball team in Michigan that doesn’t lose.
No, it’s not the Detroit Tigers – it’s the Howard Township 11-year-old baseball team.
This week, they will represent Michigan as they play in the Ohio Valley Regionals in Lexington, Kentucky.
And they expect to win.
The Howard Township 11U All-Star baseball team has been playing together since they were 6 years old. It’s safe to say a lot has changed since then.
“We started teaching them how to catch,” manager Rick Morrison said. “And now they’re teaching me stuff.”
And they always have each other’s back.
“They pick each other up when they’re down,” Morrison said.
But they aren’t down too often. Howard Township is certainly not lacking confidence.
“Our team is really good,” Howard Township All-Star Paul Hess said.
This group of Howard Township boys have won five state championships. And the taste of victory isn’t getting old.
“I like to win it feels good,” Howard Township All-Star Alexander Cole said.
“We’ve been doing this for so long that, we just got used to it,” Hess said.
The winning has been so much fun, they started a new tradition.
Every time Howard Township gets on base or scores a run, they dust themselves off, throw up their antlers and shout, for the reindeer.
“I think it’s cool because we do it 24/7 in our game and then all the other kids get like annoyed by it,” Hess said.
“It’s just funny,” Cole said. “It’s something we do when we are getting ready to bat go in the field.”
And they hope the luck of the reindeer gives them a chance to win Regionals and advance to the World Series in Missouri.
“I expect to win this. I do,” Morrison said. “If I was to take any team, this would be the team that I would take.”
If they don’t win, they say the most important thing is to have fun.
“We should all just go in, try our hardest, If we lose, we lose at least we tried.”
A GoFundMe account has been created to help send this incredible group of boys to regionals.