The Northwest Little League 10-and-under all-stars repeated as District champions after defeating Capitol City 7-0 in a rain-shortened game. The team is comprised of 14 standout players from local Little League teams.
“Since the end of their regular season, the kids have practiced nearly every day in preparation for the citywide tournament,” said Northwest’s coach, John Goldman. “Baseball excites these kids and motivates them to work hard, practice daily, stay disciplined and remain focused.”
The 10-and-under all-star team of Ben Blier, Tate Stadler, Charles Palmore, George Lee, John McMurray, Patrick Morelli, Henry Evans, Jackson Loomis, Will Twomey, Wilson Serby, Sam Malm, Daniel Piho, Christopher Sweeney and Jacob Goldman went 6-0 in pool play and the tournament to claim the crown.
“Top to bottom, the team is full of hardworking, honest, mature 10-year-old boys who lift each other up and support the team,” Goldman said. “I was proud of them before they even won the championship. But now that we did, it’s onwards and upwards!”
In the title game, Northwest jumped out to a 6-0 lead by the end of the second inning and later padded the margin in the fourth. The game, which was heading towards a blowout, was eventually called early due to rain and darkness after four-and-a-half innings of play.
From the mound, Twomey befuddled opposing hitters — pitching four shutout innings and allowing just three hits while racking up six strikeouts.
Meanwhile, at the plate, Goldman, Twomey and Loomis each notched two hits.
“The kids were prepared, relaxed, and had lots of fun in winning,” the Northwest coach said. “Wet hair, muddy faces and dirty clothes did nothing to diminish their joy when the game was finally called.”
The team heads to Baltimore to compete for the state championship beginning on Saturday.