The Georgia Bandits: A Band of Brothers
With their big bright smiles and happy-go-lucky attitudes, you’d never know by looking at the Georgia Bandits that they are one of the best teams travel ball has ever seen. But once they lace up the cleats, it becomes a whole new story.
Unlike some big-name programs like East Cobb and MCBC, the Bandits are an independent group of boys from Georgia who prove week in and week out that heart still plays a huge role in the game of baseball.
You can tell just by being around these kids that they thoroughly enjoy spending time together playing the game they love. Most of the crew has been teammates since as early as six years old, so there is a sort of natural brotherhood bond that is evident when they play together.
Following up a 12U season where they went 110-4-4, the Bandits set out to again make some noise on the 13U level, and although they didn’t win quite as many games, you can’t argue the success they had. They added two premium players for 2012 with the acquisitions of Peyton Millirons and Will Lumpkin, improving their pitching depth and providing two more big bats. They fielded TBS All-Americans at seven of the nine positions on the diamond, including 2011 TBS Player of the Year and two-time Elite 32 MVP, Tucker Bradley.
Battling back and forth all season with rival Team Florida, the Bandits left little doubt down the stretch, beating out Florida in both the TBS National Championship and the USSSA Elite 32 World Series. In addition, they also won three Super NIT Titles, and the Georgia State Championship, giving up just six runs in six games.
The Bandits are entering their 14U season, looking to again continue their successes as they embrace the true meaning of “team mentality.”