The O’Neill Irish 12U team finished up their season this past weekend in Lincoln playing in the Cornhusker State Games.

The Irish opened up pool play against SFS Slammers Saturday morning, winning 11-1. Next up for the Irish were the Nebraska Braves.

O’Neill would go on to win 8-0. The third pool play game was against Sandlot Thunder. The Irish would win 8-2.

The Irish would be matched up against Cozad in the semifinals. O’Neill would not be denied a spot in the finals winning this matchup 5-1. The State finals would be played at 3 and would see the Irish matched up against West Point. The Irish would rise to the occasion and would play the best baseball of the year winning the title 7-1. For the tournament the Irish would outscore their opponents 39-5.

This group of young men has been working towards this goal since the first week of February putting in many hours at Handlebend during the winter months. They represented our community and program extremely well wherever they went. They are a class act. During the summer they would finish runner up at the Seward Tournament. They won the Wayne Tournament, the Quad County League Tournament, and this Cornhusker Games State Tournament to finish the year with a 34-8 record.

We would like to thank Handlebend for all you did for these kids. Your contributions to our program made it all possible.

We would also like to thank all the businesses that donated to our program:

GPS Bank


Akrs Equipment

Mitchell Equipment

Buche Foods

Harte’s Lawn


American Legion

O’Neill Community Foundation

There were also many former Irish Baseball Alumni that contributed to our program. Thank you so much for investing in these young men.


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