Mansfield All-Stars advance in Little League tournament
By Rachel Betz - ReminderNews Intern
Mansfield - posted Wed., Jun. 29, 2011
Despite damp conditions, the Mansfield All-Stars, coached by David LeFevre, hosted Willington on June 25 at Southeast Park in Mansfield. This was the first game of the Division 11 Little League tournament.
Mansfield only allowed Willington two runs, both of which were scored in the first inning. The game ended after four innings of strong play by Mansfield, with the All-Stars winning 17-2.
During the second inning, a minivan window was broken when a Mansfield home run hit the roof of the car. This did not dampen anyone’s spirit, but instead encouraged the team to keep playing hard.
Throughout the game, the players in the dugout were chanting and cheering for their teammates on the field. The team, as well as the coaches, were focused on maintaining team spirit and keeping morale high the entire game.
Little League baseball provides young kids with the opportunity to learn how to work together and develop friendship-building skills. The players not only learn how to socialize and interact in a fun and respectful way, but also how to be competitive in a healthy way.
The strengths of the Mansfield All-Stars are obvious. As a team they are consistently strong hitters, they have very solid pitchers and play strong defense. The All-Stars stay focused throughout the game and are not easily distracted by things going on in the crowd.
LeFevre believes that the team has grown significantly this season. “They learned that they can play with anyone. They believe they can hit in any situation,” he said. This shows in the team's enthusiasm when they play. They do not give up when the game gets tough, but rather, they play even harder. This is why they were so successful throughout the 2011 season and into the postseason.
Mansfield All-Stars Coach David LeFevre
Number of Seasons with the All-Stars: 10
On the 2011 team: “They are a great group that loves to play and loves to be together.”
Key players: Zach Ziemba – First Baseman, #9; Jake LeFevre – Catcher, #5
Coach LeFevre was proud of the hard work Ziemba and LeFevre put in. Each had two home runs and played well throughout the game.
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