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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
Team: Albany Marlins ALBANY
Team records: W 6 L 0
Age Group:9-10 League: Travel ball
Team: West Islip Gold WEST ISLIP
« The West Islip Gold Team won the 1st Place Gold Medal Championship with an undefeated 14-0 season in the District 34 Little League, division of Little League International 2010 summer tournament. This tournament is comprised of leagues in Western Suffolk County, NY. Anthony Ippolito, commanded the hill as he pitched the complete 6 innings of the championship game. Each of these boys are amazing ball players! Congratulations West Islip Gold! »
Team records: W 14 L 0
Age Group:9-10 League: Little League District 34
Team: Sandy Plains Cougars MARIETTA
« 7 YEAR OLD COUGARS WIN 2010 DIZZY DEAN WORLD SERIES
With memories of last season's perfect 35-0 record in 6U, the Sandy Plains Cougars, a year older, dreamed of achieving success and earning another World Series Championship.
Once the team was re-assembled in May with new additions Kyle Carlson and Michael Pasquali, conversations quickly summoned last year's edict, "You have to earn it on every batted ball. You have to earn it every time at the plate" and before heading onto the field, Coach Redman's mantra, "What's the invitation to my party!", the Cougars yell, "GLOVES!" Responding on the diamond, the Cougars doled out more than their fair share of glove-like invitations to opposing offenses.
Upon entering their first tourney the Cougars found defenses much quicker and able to reel-in lofty fly-balls. Quickly the Cougars refined their plate discipline to do away with the long out in favor of hitting frozen-ropes; lots of them and with authority. Balls on the ground required speed and throughout the summer each player's sub-4 second times to first base made infield grounders infield hits. Continuing to complicate things for the defense was always the threat the Cougars would execute small ball and utilize the new threats of Carlson and Pasquali. Carlson always performed in the clutch and got out of the batter's box like Seattle Slew to beat out infield singles and take extra bases. Pasquali was called on to drive-in runs and posted a stratospheric .733 average with runners in scoring position. Never in short supply was defense. Opposing batters had difficulty with Nick Eckerman and Riley Frost shutting down the short game. Anthony Smiga hurled lasers deep in the hole from shortstop while Walker Ormsby continued his perfect form at second enabling him to turn numerous DPs. Scott Pitts' always outstretched, received and scooped balls with skill beyond his years. Ryan Kennedy was a phenom at blocking the dish laying sweep tags. Pasquali caught balls in the air "Mays" style, and the outfield combinations of Carlson, William Kolker, Ben Medley, Blake Redman and Ross Trombetti made catches on the run look routine and with all their speed they made the largest outfields look small. Seldom was a game played where an opposing coach didn't directly test their rifle-like arms or a relay combination. Time and time again the Cougars outfielders taught lessons in execution by gunning them down.
Throughout the summer the Cougars went on the field with interdependence, remarkably synchronized and always in balance. When a stretch of the lineup hit into outs the others were hot, and when a portion of the defense cooled others made remarkable plays. It wasn't just depth in a lineup. It was far more than that. Players fist-bumped, chest-bumped, high-fived, and congratulated good plays. When a player didn't make a play they felt they should have, the Cougars came together to lift their teammate's spirits and gave a pat on the back to gesture, "You'll get them next time." This character was always in the forefront. This season many games were won by over-coming run deficits, yet no matter the situation, even turning a middle inning 16-3 deficit to a come from behind 17-16 last inning win in an 8U tourney, the Cougars were in the hunt with character and confidence.
Since last summer's undefeated season, the question loomed in quiet whisper, "Would it be, or could it even be possible to repeat the rarest of feats of attaining State and World Series Perfection in back-to-back seasons?" As Sportsmen, Ball Players, CHAMPIONS!, the Cougars resoundingly responded, "YES!", and achieved a feat for which they, the definition of a "team", will be remembered long into future years. This season the Cougars posted a season record of 27-4. These past two summers combined the Cougars recorded 62 wins and 4 losses.
Our thanks to the Coaches, Amy Smiga (Team-Mom), Parents, and Families and Friends for supporting this amazing team, and thanks to the Cougars players for a lifetime of memories we'll forever cherish.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2010 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!
The 2010 Sandy Plains Cougars lineup: Kyle Carlson; Nick Eckerman, Riley Frost; Ryan Kennedy; William Kolker; Ben Medley; Walker Ormsby; Michael Pasquali; Scott Pitts; Blake Redman; Anthony Smiga; and, Ross Trombetti. Coaching Staff: Kyle Ormsby; Matthew Pitts; Ross Redman; and, Matthew Smiga. »
Team records: W 27 L 4
Age Group:7-8 League: Dizzy Dean