Baseball - especially little league baseball - is very much a part of Americana, and even more so in Central New York, with Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in our backyard.
Dreaming of playing in the big leagues is in the minds of our young players to this day, and part of that is dreaming of the chance to play in the International Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania - and being on ESPN, as the kids say,
That distant dream remains, but this summer, the Baldwinsville Majors Little League team has made an impressive run.
They went through the Local District 8 tournament as the number 1 seed and won it in impressive fashion. District 8 represents one of the largest districts in the state, with 28 teams.
The Baldwinsville boys won it for the first time in the league’s history, beating perennial local powerhouses such as Jamesville-DeWitt (16-0), Fayetteville-Manlius (9-4) and North Syracuse (12-1), using the four-inning mercy rule in two those games.
They moved on to the Sectionals, which this year was held in Eastwood at the Eastwood little league fields off James Street.
Baldwinsville won the first 3 games here also in impressive fashion, again beating some of the state’s perennial powerhouses. B’ville smashed Watertown 14-3, took out Maine-Endwell 14-6 and routed Horseheads 16-1, again evoking the mercy rule in the Horseheads game.
Their run ended with a tough championship loss to Whitestown 6-3, which left only six teams in the state, Prior to that, B’ville rolled with a balance of strong pitching and hitting outscoring opponents 103-21 in nine straight games and belting 19 home runs in that time.
Led by Manager Dan Robinson, coaches Randy Ray and Chris Savacool the team has thrived due to a regimented practice schedule from the start.
It represents a dedicated coaching staff day-in and day-out, and a committed group of parents and, more importantly, boys that bought into the system from the start and put in many days of sacrifice and hard work. This staff not only built great young ball players, but fine young men.