Front row:Luke Kornick, Jacob Seymour, Andy Goss, Jake Busshaus and Coach Wolf
Middle row:Doug Eckhardt, Connor Obringer, Jake Claget, Greg Bedel, Jack Morrison and Ryan Wolf
Back row:Coach Kornick and Coach Morrison
An unlikely story in the playoffs:the 10th (and lowest) placed team winning the championship.Yet, thatís exactly what the Diamondbacks (D-backs) did in the Hampton Athletic Association U12 Baseball League.
After a season laced with injuries, the D-backs landed in 10th place out of the ten teams in the league.The D-backs began the playoffs healthy and with a full team for the first time in the season.They won their way through the playoffs defeating the 7th place Cardinals, 4-0; the 2nd place Dodgers, 6-2; the 3rd place Pirates, 6-2; and a 9-2 win over the 4th place Giants in the championship game to win the title.
Coach Morrison was overheard saying "This is the best group of kids that I have ever coached because of their perseverance.They never gave up even when they were losing 90% of their games throughout the regular season.They came together and played as a team, supporting each other all season long.They believed in themselves and that showed with the terrific games that they played.They are winners, each and every one of them."
Tori Pfefferle-Gillot, Riley Kern, Brittney Raible, Kat Omecene, Angelica Brennen, Maggie Kruth, Tessa O‖Rorke, Emma Colbaugh, Elle Siford and Kathryn Ecoff. (Missing teammates include Alissa Damico, Sara Falso and Abby Wojcik.)
Hampton Townships 11U Baseball Team beat Pine-Richland (7-5) to capture the Championship of the annual Deer Lakes Freedom Classic Baseball Tournament, held July 3rd July 7th. It took a strong pitching performance by Hampton, as well as solid hitting to grind out a hard-fought win in the finals against Pine-Richland (who finished 2nd). Hampton finished with a perfect (4-0) record in the tournament. Included in the picture are Todd Orkwis (Manager), Keith Stritzinger (Coach), Bill Butch (Coach), Carter Swegman, Shane McMillen, Jeremy Schmitt, Jack McAuliffe, Bradley Gable, Alex Downing, Jimmy Butch, Alex Orkwis, Connor Obringer, Matt Stritzinger, Garrett Rieger, Jacob Seymour, and Alex Butch (Batboy).