Coconut Creek Little League recently had several of its All Star teams make runs for the District 10 title, and hosted a couple of the match ups at Sabal Pines Park.
The local program made history this year, according to CCLL’s president Ed Hammel, with three teams (9/10s, Juniors and Seniors) making it to the championship game, in their respective district tournament, for the first time since the league’s 1998 incorporation.
“It’s a positive reflection of the hard work and of the dedication of our players, and the many volunteers who make our youth Little League program possible,” said Hammel, who is in his sixth year as the CCLL president. “Being able to watch those games was a treat.”
Each of the three Creek All Star teams has their own story about their district play.
The youngest group played on their home turf against North Springs Little League.
“Our 9/10s persevered, despite being a young team comprised of mostly 9-year-olds,” Hammel added. “They had a team commitment, relying upon each others’ individual strengths and helping each other with their individual weaknesses. Courage was a key part of this team’s success.”
CCLL’s Juniors, as host, also made a run for the District 10 Title, as they climbed their way to the championship game, but fell short to North Springs as well.
“Despite losing their first game and having to go down into the losers’ bracket, our Juniors never gave up,” Hammel said. “They played hard and came through at the right time. They demonstrated character, which was truly the focus of this team’s efforts.”
The veterans of CCLL’s All Star contingent offered a competitive matchup at neighboring North Springs Little League’s North Community Park and claimed runner-up status.
“Having many years of Little League experience under their belts, our Seniors were able to come together and rely upon their knowledge of the game to get them into the championship,” Hammel said. “Most of the players on this team began their youth baseball careers with our Little League in the T-ball, coach pitch and younger age groups, and these players showed loyalty to a program that they grew up with.”
Aside from the competitive aspect of the All Star season, Hammel said his league in general focuses on getting the children in the community playing baseball with an emphasis on learning character, courage and loyalty while offering a fun experience.
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