Village Hardware wins Thompson Little League championship
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Thompson - posted Mon., Jun. 20, 2011
Thompson’s Village Hardware Little League team had one more monstrous win on June 16, as they beat the American Legion 20-2 to capture the championship title. The team stayed true to course, as it racked up yet another win in a season that saw them go 17-0 in regular play.
Village Hardware scored 215 runs over the course of the season and had only 54 runs scored against them. Ten of their games were mercifully ended early, as they racked up run-after-run against teams that could not stop them.
Head coach Keith Tremblay called his team a great group of kids to coach. The majority of the team has been with him since they were 10 years old. He carried seven 12-year-olds this year, one shy of the maximum number allowed on Little League teams.
“That’s a big number,” Tremblay said. “It was really drafting over three years that led to it. It was really a good team from the top of the lineup to the bottom of the lineup.”
American Legion coach Jason Authier knew his team was the underdog coming in to the playoffs. He concentrated on the things his players did well.
“I looked for the small accomplishments to keep them positive,” Authier said. Coming in against an undefeated team was challenging. “But it isn’t always about the scoreboard,” he said.
Part of the process of Little League is learning to deal with success and loss. There’s sportsmanship and teamwork, learning the rules of the game, and always the challenges of winning and losing graciously.
Village Hardware Head Coach Keith Tremblay
Seasons coaching: 9
“I’ve been coaching basketball for seven years and baseball for nine,” he said. “It’s great being a part of the community. I’ve met so many people through this process, so many good friends for life. It’s been a great group of kids to coach.”