Broomfield team wins baseball championship

Bayfield player on top-team Thunder Academy

Ryan Farmer and his USSSA World Series ring. Enlargephoto

Photo by Deanna Farmer

Ryan Farmer and his USSSA World Series ring.

Bayfield and Broomfield have about as much in common, geographically-and in most everything else, probably-as do Durango and Denver.

That is, they're not even close.

But the Mile High City was where Bayfield local Hayden Farmer, son of Ryan and Deanna, recently played a summer of United States Specialty Sports Association baseball.

Playing July 17-20 for Broomfield-based Thunder Academy in the 2014 USSSA Global World Series' 13 & under-open division, Farmer helped the squad bounce back from an up-and-down 2-2 showing in Pool 'A' play and complete an awesome run to the division's mid-level 'White' championship.

Ninth place overall after pool play, Thunder Academy then reeled off four consecutive victories, the last at Clement Park in Littleton at the expense of Colorado Springs-based Eagles Baseball by a convincing 15-7 edge.

The 'White' bracket also included Colorado teams from Boulder and Pueblo, as well as from Wichita, Kan., Denver City, Tex., Gilbert, Ariz., and Lincoln, Neb.

By downing the Texas-based Xplosion 9-2, the Kansas-based Cardinals 16-3 and Pueblo-based Evolution Red 6 to 1 while climbing the ladder-Thunder Academy managed to amass 76 runs while allowing just 38 during their eight outings.

According to the USSSA website, Thunder Academy improved to 23-24 overall in 2014.

Legends Baseball from Chandler, Ariz., went 8-0 and prevailed in the 'Red,' while Parker-based Gameday XIII recovered from shaky pool-play performances to go 3-for-3 and win the 'Blue' title with a 4-3 overall event mark.

The Thunder Academy after winning the USSSA Global World Series 'white' championship. Enlargephoto

Photo by Deanna Farmer

The Thunder Academy after winning the USSSA Global World Series 'white' championship.