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Chain dominates USSSA tournament
The USSSA 18-under world series champions Savannah Chain players in front, left to right, are: Alex DeMaio, Christopher Alvarez, Teddy Leverett, Clay Harrelson,Brad Hutson, Jordan Hill, Kyle Farmer and Carson Palmer. In back, left to right, are coach Robbie Smoak, Hunter Smoak, coach Trey Ellis, Nick Kueler, Nate Sisolak, Richie Waslieuski, Christopher Kicklighter, John-Clark Huffman, Bubba Green, Kevin Millward and Coach Herb Hutson. - photo by Photo provided
The 18 and under Savannah Chain baseball team, coached by former Effingham County Rebel baseball star Robbie Smoak, won the USSSA World Series in Kissimmee, Fla. on Saturday, defeating the Michigan Hawks 5-4.  
 Brad Hutson earned the win for the Chain, going 6-1/3 innings. He struck out seven, walked two and allowed four hits. Richie Waslieuski struck out the final two outs in the seventh inning to earn the save.  
Teddy Leverett led the Chain at the plate, going 3 –for-4. Other big hitters included: Carson Palmer, 1-for-2 with an RBI; Nate Sisolak, 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs and Jordan Hill, 2- for-4 with an RBI.
The Chain started the USSSA World Series July 15 with  a 9-7 win over the Florida Titans in pool play.
Kevin Millward earned the win and Hutson got the save.  
The next pool game ended in a tie, 2-2, with the Florida Hawks. Effingham County resident Nate Sisolak was the pitcher of record for the Chain.
In double elimination play, the Chain won the first game 8-0, defeating the Louisiana Crocs.  Brad Hutson pitched for the win and Millward hit a home run.  
The second game was a marathon, going 12 innings with the Chain defeating the North Metro Barons from Michigan 4-3. Waslieuski getting the win.  
In the semi-finals, Millward picked up the win against the Michigan Hawks in an 8-3 victory.
The Chain placed seven players on the all-tournament team, including Tournament team MVP Teddy Leverett and Offensive Player of the tournament Kevin Millward. Other players included Brad Hutson, Christopher Kicklighter, Jordan Hill, Richie Waslieuski and Clay Harrelson.