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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
Team: White Sox MCKINNEY
« The White Sox are all about team chemistry and putting baseball into the proper perspective. We are a recreational team with a competitive spirit, and believe in the basic principals of youth sports. It's about growth in baseball skills, as well as life in general. It's a balance of discipline and young kids having fun playing a game. It's about sportsmanship and an extended family of parents all believing in and supporting a common cause. It's about the White Sox, or as the boys so affectionate call themselves, The Mighty, Mighty White Sox.
The core group of kids has been together for several seasons now, but with moving up from a Machine Pitch format to our first season of Kid Pitch, we had some changes in the roster and it was important to assure we built and kept that same team chemistry. We started early with practices to get the kids ready and build the 'team' again. So how did they do? Right out of the gate they won the pre-season tournament. And it wasn't easy, they were the #3 seed starting out on Sunday so they had to win three games in a row and were short-handed by two key players. Their hard work and preparation paid off and it was apparent that we had built the team chemistry again.
The rest of the season was nothing short of miraculous. They kept winning and winning, sometimes jumping out ahead early and others having to come from behind, showing their will and determination. They showed us all that they are warriors and have developed into some pretty good baseball players. But most of all they showed us that they truly love the game of baseball and had the time of their lives. We finished with a perfect 17-0 season and two first place trophies. It was truly a team effort with contribution from all the players. Throughout the season we used 10 pitchers and worked hard to develop all of our players and give them the opportunities they worked hard for and deserved.
In sports of all levels it is important to have a competitive sprit and we do play to win. However, what we proved more than anything, this season especially, is that winning is the outcome not the action. If you do all the little things right and keep things into perspective and remember that these are young kids playing a game, good things eventually happen. Congratulations to the White Sox players, coaches and extended family for you have all been instrumental in making this a very special team and miraculous season.
Team records: W 17 L 0
Age Group:9-10 League: McKinney Baseball Association
Team: Bayou Reign MARRERO
« USSSA 12AA team. Kids learning the game of life, not just baseball. »
Team records: W 1 L 3
Age Group:11-12 League: USSSA