With school starting Tuesday, it’s time to put some summer sports to rest.
Congratulations first go out to the Martinez Evans Little League 10-11 All-Stars. Representing Georgia in the Tournament of State Champions in Greenville, N.C., the boys made it to the championship game before losing to the team from Florida, 13-4, Wednesday.
The team advanced to the finals after going 3-0 in pool play: beating Virginia 6-4, Tennessee 4-2 and West Virginia 6-2. In the semifinals Tuesday, they scored twice in the first inning and Trevor Creagan pitched 52/3 innings in a 2-1 win over Green-wood-Abbeville, S.C.
According to MELL president Carroll Proctor, this is the best any team from Georgia has done at the Tournament of State Champions.
Two county teams saw their World Series hopes dashed this week.
The 12U softball All-Stars lost 8-7 to Louisiana in their opening game in the Dixie Ponytails World Series in Bluffton, S.C. Fighting back from the loser’s bracket, they beat Arkansas 16-3 and Alabama 6-2. They couldn’t get by North Carolina to advance to the semifinals, however, losing 7-6.
In Guntersville, Ala., the Columbia County 15-17 baseball All-Stars finished fifth in the 2013 Dixie Pre-Majors World Series a year after finishing as runners-up. Over 10 of the players on the team have been on high school rosters across the county – and starting – and this experience should make them better for the coming year, which will be here before we know it.
In other Little League play, the MELL 11-12 team went 3-1 in state tournament pool play before losing to Warner Robins 11-4 in the semifinals. I had hoped to see them in Williamsport, Pa., but I guess I’ll just pull for whatever U.S. team makes the finals.
A year after his second go-round on the U.S. Paralympic Team, Grovetown resident Scott Winkler traveled to Lyon, France, to compete in the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships. Winkler bested 12 of 15 competitors in the shot put to earn a bronze medal in the F54/55 category. I hope to see him in the next Paralympics, but that’s still a ways off and only time will tell.