By Marty Gordon\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_20274" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2016\/07\/Noah-Parker.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-20274" alt="Noah Parker and his Southern West Virginia teammates went 5-1 and took the title in the 14U bracket at the Top Gun World Series hosted by the town of Christiansburg, VA. (Photo by Jon Fleming, courtesy of The News Messenger)" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2016\/07\/Noah-Parker-300x202.jpg" width="300" height="202" \/><\/a> Noah Parker and his Southern West Virginia teammates went 5-1 and took the title in the 14U bracket at the Top Gun World Series hosted by the town of Christiansburg, VA. (Photo by Jon Fleming, courtesy of The News Messenger)[\/caption]\r\n\r\n<em><\/em>\r\n\r\nMore than two weeks after flood waters ravaged southern West Virginia, several young men from the devastated area found solace in a Christiansburg baseball tournament. The Southern West Virginia travel team played in this year\u2019s Top Gun World Series, and Coach Michael Kluska said the kids needed a sense of normalcy.\r\n\u201cWe haven\u2019t practiced and didn\u2019t even think about baseball for the past few weeks,\u201d he said.\r\nThe 12-member (14 and under age) team and its coaches were personally impacted by the natural disaster including at least five players and two of their coaches losing almost everything to their name.\r\n\u201cThe flooding has affected these kids\u2019 daily routine, and many have personally lost everything,\u201d Kluska said. \u201cOthers have volunteered their time to help our neighbors.\u201d\r\nHe called this group as being amazing in dealing with the devastation. Kluska sent his family and a son, who is also a player on Southern West Virginia, to relatives\u2019 homes in Pittsburgh. He came back and volunteered in the community.\r\n\u201cThey wanted to help others,\u201d the coach said.\r\nThe team played in several tournaments last season and had looked forward to the Christiansburg, VA, World Series. Players were from throughout Greenbrier County where the floodwaters did a lot of damage.\r\nPeyton Brown is an outfielder and second baseman for the team from Ronceverte. He lives with his grandparents who lost everything. \u201cIt ruined everything in their home, where they have lived in for over 30 years. Everything was covered in mud and water.\u201d\r\nHe said the worst thing was the smell. \u201cWe have aired it out and cleaned things up, so it is getting better.\u201d\r\nThe tournament might have been the distraction the group of youngsters, their coaches and parents needed. \u201cIt (this tournament) has helped us to get our minds off the mess,\u201d Brown said.\r\nSeveral team members were friends with a high schooler who drowned during the rising others. A second school mate remains missing.\r\n\u201cIt has really affected them (the players) especially since they knew the two teenagers,\u201d Kluska said.\r\nA group of the players worked 40-60 hours to help clean up homes in and around Lewisburg.\r\nBrown said he felt that was important for both his family and others.\r\nSunday afternoon, the team won the 2016 Top Gun World Series title for their age group.\r\nThe tournament was sponsored by Top Gun Baseball and featured teams from throughout the U.S. This is the first time, a team from southern West Virginia has appeared in the tournament. A second team from Lewisburg (13 and Under) also played in the four-day event, going 2-3 in tournament play.