The North Springs Junior All Stars could almost taste the Southeast Regional Tournament championship game and a trip to the Little League World Series, but the team fell just short, losing 7-6 to Virginia’s Frederick County National East Little League in the semifinal round.
After winning the state tournament, the team headed to Greenville, S.C. to represent Florida in the seven-team regional tournament, where they went 3-2.
Although they fell short in the semifinal game, it was their “five games in five days” that impressed North Springs Little League Juniors skipper Todd Fitz-Gerald the most. His team lost its first game of the regional tournament, 6-5, to Masters City Little League from Georgia, but it was the team’s follow-up play that Fitz-Gerald liked the most.
“They really did awesome and had to play baseball for five straight days,” Fitz-Gerald said. “They battled in every game, kept finding ways to win and represented our state very well. I truly couldn’t have asked for anything more from these young men.”
North Springs picked up their first win, 8-7, against Charleston Central/Mountaineer Little League out of West Virginia. The Junior teammates kept their momentum going as they headed into their third game against Darlington County Little League from South Carolina, again with an 8-7 nail-biting victory.
North Springs completed its winning streak as they blanked their earlier regional opponent from Georgia, this time scoring four runs. But the team’s All Star run ended in the semifinal match versus Frederick County National East .
Fitz-Gerald, despite his team being one game away from having the opportunity to compete at the Junior League World Series in Michigan, praised his players’ efforts throughout their entire All Star play.
“This was a magical season, and to get to be only one game away from the World Series was huge,” Fitz-Gerald said. “It was really something special to see.”
According to Fitz-Gerald, it was a 14-man effort from game one.
“Every single player contributed. We had our starters and role players, but it took each and every one of my players to do what we did,” Fitz-Gerald added. “All around, my players just did a great job this summer.”
Copyright © 2015, Sun Sentinel