The Augusta Bullets 12-and-under baseball team capped a strong summer season with an impressive third-place finish out of 46 teams at the recent USSSA state tournament in Kansas City. They bounced back from a tough semifinal loss to win their final game of the summer.

The Bullets pulled off an incredible rally by overcoming a 12-4 deficit against the Rail Dogs from Pittsburg. They stormed back to win 13-12 to reach the semifinals.

“All three phases of the game — pitching, hitting and defense — really came together for us this year, and especially at the state tournament when it mattered most,” head coach Luke Carey said. “I am extremely proud of this team.”

In the semis, though, the Bullets took a tough 9-6 loss to the Topeka Pirates. Overall, the Bullets finished 5-1 at State.

The Bullets capped their summer with an overall record of 37-11-1. They garnered two first-place championship trophies, three second-place finishes and a third-place finish prior to State. The Bullets finished with an 11-2 record in the Southwest Boys Club 12-U National Division league in Wichita to finish second in the standings. They outscored their opponents 130-47 in those contests.

“It’s been very satisfying to see this group of Augusta boys progress the way they have over the last five years they have been together,” Carey said. “I think Augusta will continue to enjoy strong baseball teams at the high school level given the talent these kids possess and the other strong classes the surround them. It’s going to be exciting to watch.”

The Augusta Bullets have accumulated a total record of 142-55-1 in the five years the team has been together so far.