by Doug Glosson
No one can say that Kelby Weyler, 20-2A district pitcher of the year as freshman, does not love playing baseball. Since the high school season ended with a trip to the playoffs, Kelby is playing in Warren's summer league as well as with his travel team, the Gladiators.
The Gladiators left for the 2014 15U WWBA National Championship near Atlanta,Georgia last week, and in their first game they made quick work against Evoshield Carnes Delmarva winning 10-1.
Kelby tripled and scored a run and was also the winning pitcher, throwing 3.1 innings of one-hit, one-run ball. He gave up three walks and struck out nine batters. Kelby's fastball sat 80-84 mph and topped out at 85 mph. He also pitched a complete game shutout against Knights Baseball National, striking out seven. Kelby had key hits, runs scored and runs batted in throughout the tournament as the team compiled five wins, two losses with two games tied.
The Gladiators are proud of their accomplishments, finishing in ninth place out of 184 teams. Kelby said "it was a privilege to be able to play at one of the best baseball facilities in the nation. The competition is good in Houston, but being able to play against some of the best teams in the United States was an honor." Kelby has upcoming tournaments at Sam Houston University the weekend of July 11 and Dallas July 15-20. Chet Jones of Kirbyville and Andrew Wood of Hemphill are two players that Kelby enjoys playing baseball with as teammates on the Gladiators, and playing against when competing with district teams during the high school baseball season. Kelby is looking forward to upcoming tournaments with the Gladiators and helping Warren's 2015 baseball team make the playoffs.