The largest numbers of youngsters in years, have been playing baseball since late January in the Sierra Mountain Little League - a league made up of five tee ball teams, four ‘coach pitch’ teams, four minor B teams, two major teams (Angels and As), and a challenger division (for special needs players).
Last week, the league celebrated closing day ceremonies for tee-ball and coach pitch division which was followed by the sixth annual All-star game and second annual tee-ball tournament.
“It was an amazing game day watching all these little athletes play so well,” said Sandra Wade, president of the league. “During the all-star game I witnessed three double plays, lots of hits, and some incredible defensive plays.
Wade said it is always fun to watch the tee ball tournament “The fences were lined with moms and dads with plenty of smiles,”
Each athlete received a custom Sierra Mountain Little Lleague pin, their team photo, a pin for mom or dad and their jerseys and hats to wear around town thanking sponsors.
“I am truly blessed to be a part of my players lives,” said tee ball coach Sam Mendez. “To see my players improve throughout the season is what it’s all about.
Minor A Angels coach Jeramy Bolding said he was honored to have shared a bond with his.
“We have some of the best kids a coach could ask for,” said Jonas Garner, challenger division, minor A, and Majors coach) “We would love to see some familiar faces as the Angel’s or A’s take on Tournament of champions.” “All our athletes work so hard, it’s fun to watch them progress as a player, an individual and a team.” “Hard work always pays off.” Bill Ward, Manager , Majors A’s.
The league celebrated the minor A division and majors last Saturday by announcing the league’s all-stars for the 9-10, and 11-12 year old teams, who will represent the league in Valley-wide Little League playoffs.
I have had the pleasure of presiding over this league for almost three years now and I am astonished at the growth of league, the strength and unity of our board and the tireless efforts of our managers and coaches,” Wade said. “I am always proud to watch our athletes play hard and work hard.”
Wade also thanked the generous Mountain Area businesses who sponsored teams this season.
Wade said the league is seeking additional volunteers, and coaches for next season. The next board meeting is at 6 p.m., Monday, July 6, at Oakhurst Elementary School, room 903.
Sierra Mountain Little League was awarded this year’s 10-11 year old section tournament, which completes play Thursday and Friday.
Teams from all over district 10 are playing for the sectional title.
Wade encourages the community to come out and watch the games Thursday and Friday evenings.
“I remember growing up here and baseball used to be a community event ... we had so much support, I would love to see community faces at these games,” said Jeff Bell, manager, major’s Angels.
“Watch some good baseball while having a hot dog, burger, a soft drink or a cooling slushie,” Wade said. “We will also have a raffle with some great prizes, and a nightly 50-50 drawing to raise funds for the league to make improvements to the fields, update equipment and get a new sound system.”
Details: Sandra Wade, email@example.com