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Mound Time stars ready for the Series

The team opens play in the Glen Allen, Va., World Series Sunday
by: Miles Vance MINE — Mound Time second baseman Rob Lavey prepares to make a catch during the team's win at regionals.

The Mound Time Bandits are ready.

Mound Time, a 14-year-old Babe Ruth all-star team, will get its chance to prove it too, and soon - the team opens play in the Babe Ruth World Series in Glen Allen, Va., on Sunday. The tournament continues with pool play through Wednesday, then moves into championship play on Aug. 25-26.

'We are excited and ready to go,' said Mound Time manager Greg Cero. 'The boys are in tune with the fact that this is a humbling experience and they are going to treat it with a lot of respect.

This year's team includes shortstop/pitcher Josh Lewellen, second baseman/pitcher Rob Lavey, outfielder/pitcher Josh Hill, outfielder/pitcher Matt Orcutt, pitcher/third baseman Parker Stidham, first baseman/pitcher Zane Chitwood, catcher James Armstrong, utility player Tony Niehuser, outfielder Grant Galligan, and outfielder Ryan Kaser.

'They know there are many good teams out there who can't play in this World Series,' Cero said. But 'they know they deserve to go and have been working their tails off since January.'

Mound Time opens the 10-team Series with a 7 p.m. EDT Sunday game against Augusta, Va. (the Virginia state champion), meets Tucson, Ariz. (the Pacific Southwest champ) at 1 p.m. Monday, plays Mims Park, Ala. (the Southeast winner) at 1 p.m. Tuesday, then ends its pool play run against Newton, Mass. (the New England titleist) at 10 a.m. Aug. 24.

The second and third-place teams from each five-team pool will play at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25. The winners of those game will meet the respective pool champions at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Aug. 26, and the winners of those two games will play for the Series championship at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26.

The other teams in the tournament are: Bridgewater, New Jersey, the Middle Atlantic champ; Janesville, Wis., the Ohio Valley champ; Hi-Tower, Minn., the Midwest Plains champ; Brazoswood, Texas, the Southwest champ; and the host team from Glen Allen, Va.