All-Stars bring home tro­phy

Avon Valley Gazette - - SPORT - Lynn Gri­er­son

SWAN Dis­tricts Lit­tle League All-Stars did the na­tion proud when they brought home the un­der-12s Sin­ga­pore Base­ball Clas­sic tro­phy.

The 11 and 12-year-old play­ers de­feated the Sin­ga­pore Amer­i­can School 8-0 to win the 2015 cham­pi­onship, which drew teams from the USA, Ja­pan, China, Sin­ga­pore and U.A.E.

The Swans team was un­de­feated go­ing into the cham­pi­onship games in Sin­ga­pore on Jan­uary 22, hav­ing won all three seed­ing games and their semi-fi­nal.

Head coach Michael Carter said the team’s per­for­mance lead­ing up to the cham­pi­onship game was strong both de­fen­sively and of­fen­sively, with bat­ting and pitch­ing be­ing the stand­outs.

The team scored 45 runs in the four games lead­ing up to the cham­pi­onship game and gave up only 11.

Hav­ing al­ready beaten the SAS team in a seed­ing game, the Swans team was con­fi­dent of victory.

“We knew that if we stuck to our game plan of be­ing ag­gres­sive at bat and con­sis­tently throw­ing strikes to avoid walk­ing bat­ters, we would win the cham­pi­onship," Carter said.

The Swans con­tin­ued their great bat­ting dis­play in the cham­pi­onship game and cre­ated an in­field wall the SAS team could not pen­e­trate.

“This, to­gether with a great pitch­ing dis­play by Dustin Brown, lead to the 8-0 score line,” Carter said.

“De­spite their young age, the ma­jor­ity of the play­ers in this team have been play­ing to­gether for over four years and are good friends, and this cre­ates a strong sense of team where ev­ery­one has each other’s back.

“This team spirit gives us a great ad­van­tage in tough sit­u­a­tions.

“It was a tremen­dous team ef­fort over the three days of the tour­na­ment in hot and hu­mid con­di­tions,and play­ers have done their state, club and par­ents proud.”

In ad­di­tion to win­ning the cham­pi­onship, Josh Dass was named MVP of the Tour­na­ment for his con­sis­tent pitch­ing per­for­mance, Jor­dan Nor­vall won the Sil­ver Slug­ger award for bat­ting the high­est av­er­age (.570) over the tour­na­ment and Daniel Carter won the Home Run Derby, hit­ting 11 home run in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The team thanked Hyde and Son Mas­ter Builders, Swan Hills MLA Frank Al­ban, Bun­nings Mid­land, Swan Dis­tricts Base­ball Club, Cyn­thia Brace­gir­dle and par­ents and fam­ily for their sup­port.

Swan Dis­tricts Lit­tle League All-Stars.

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