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Team: So.Cal.Ballerz SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
« In 2010 won USSSA first ever 7U World Series. There, losing first game of tournament, we were thrown in to losers bracket. We arrived to championship to face the opponent that gave us our only loss. Having burned pitched 18 inning to their 6 of ace pitchers pitchers, we knew we still had the edge being we were deeper in quality pitchers because every one out team pitched. Because of this we won the first game, and took it to an elimination championship. Now, being 2011 we are the 8u team to beat. With it not being an easy feet, we continuously work on our game and aim to repeat on top of our age bracket. »
Team records: W + L -
Age Group:7-8 League: Travel
Team: Hollister Headhunters HOLLISTER
« We entered the travel ball scene relatively late compared to most teams nowadays. All of our players play in the same Little League in Hollister, CA. We honestly wanted our kids to get more experience to make our Little League All-Star team better for the future. I cannot say enough about how far this team has come in the past year. Entering the scene in early September of 2009 and playing into the beginning of November 2010, with a break during little league in 2010, we played in 13 tournaments, winning 5 Championships, 2 Runner-ups, ranked 3rd by least runs allowed tiebreakers 3 times, and finished our last two tournaments as 11U before taking a break, playing in the 12U division, losing in 4 overtimes in the semi-finals and going 2-0 and getting the number one seed before being rained out in our final tournament of the year. During this span our overall team record was 41-7. To top it off 8 of our 12 players, because our little league is divided into two leagues, went on to play in the state finals of the 9-10 little league all-stars in Chico, Ca. This was the last possible game for this age group and lost in the final game after losing early and having to play 7 consecutive days to a good San Ramon, CA team. To think this team in just over one year went from being a AA Division team in USSSA, to being placed in the Major Division of USSSA, and finally asked to play in the 12U division of USSSA as 11U our final two tournaments is truly amazing considering where we started and the small talent pool we chose from. Now all that being said, we played tournaments in Las Vegas, Arizona and Santa Maria, but the rest of our tournaments were played in the Northern California region and from past experience, I know how tough the Southern California teams can be, but it's still quite an accomplishment for these young men. We won because of their dedication to getting better and because they played great team baseball without any real superstars or ego's. What they lacked in talent at times, they made up for by playing hard for each other, doing all the little things, and leaving their hearts on the field every time they played. I know as a coach on this team, I couldn't be more proud of a group of young men then I am for all that played the past year on this team. My hat goes off to David Marquez, the manager of this team, who cares so much for each of these boys, and who really wants them all to be just good young men at home, in school and on the field. Great job Headhunters! Keep working hard. »
Team records: W 41 L 7
Age Group:11-12 League: 11U Travel Ball
Team: Virginia Mustangs CHESAPEAKE
« The Virginia Mustangs team is a 13u AA independent baseball team based in Chesapeake, Va., comprised of boys from Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, & Suffolk, Virginia and Gates County, N.C. Their record (fall & spring) for 2010 was 38-20 with two tournament championships and two second place finishes. In addition, they placed 4th out of 30 teams at the 2010 Ripken Experience Tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC. »
Team records: W 38 L 20
Age Group:13-14 League: Independent travel team
Team: Marlins ALBANY
« The Albany Marlins 10u travel baseball team is looking forward to another outstanding season. Marlin baseball players consist of variety of excellent athletes from several counties. The Marlins are honor roll students who exhibit wonderful character qualities. They are not only good athletes, but also hardworking students on and off the field. These players lift each other up even when a player might not be having such a good moment. They are each other's support system and together they work as a team to succeed. These players exhibit traits desirable in our youth that will make all our futures brighter. The Marlins are featured in Junior Baseball Magazine 2011 January/February issue on page 27. Marlins fall record was 25-2-1. The Marlins are ranked #1 in the State of Georgia on USSSA coaches poll and #3 power rated. Please visit this team's website at www.albanymarlins.com. For more information contact Joe Holmes at 404-862-0337.
Marlins Belief Statements:
* We believe that the purpose of any baseball team is to win.
* We all strive to be better than the rest of the field in every aspect of baseball. However, we WILL earn our victories with honor.
* We WILL NOT sacrifice values and standards to win.
* We WILL NOT cheat, nor exploit an athlete to achieve a victory.
* In addition, if we lose, we lose with dignity, knowing that we played our best and gave our all.
* We WILL always respect our opponent, knowing that they, too, are striving for victory.
Team records: W 25 L 2
Age Group:9-10 League: USSSA
Team: Diamond Kings STATEN ISLAND
« The 8u Staten Island Diamond Kings captured the 2010 NY Metro State Championship by knocking off Bronx powerhouse Paulino of the Bronx 5-3. Winning the opening round district tournament earned the Kings a berth in the Metro state tournament. The Diamond Kings complied a 4-1 record including a dramatic 5-3 victory in the championship game. TJ DiGiacomo received the MVP for the tourney. The Metro tournament win qualified the Staten Island squad for a berth in the Cal Ripken Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament hosted by Spring Youth LL of Troy, N.Y. »
Team records: W 15 L 4
Age Group:7-8 League: Cal Ripken