Rosenberg National Little League headed to Junior League World Series
The Rosenberg National Little League 14 year old baseball team won a crucial regional final game last week and is in Michigan now for the Junior League World Series. It is a feat that has not been accomplished by a Rosenberg LL team in exactly 40 years. It is a big, big deal.
In the regional tournament final, SS Jaxon Williams led a team wide defensive attack that gave up only 3 runs and made no errors. Williams made plays that halted the rallies of the Louisiana team time in and time out. Rosenberg was by far the most talented team. They averaged more than 11 runs and 13 hits per game.
Jeremy Arriaga, hit 2 monster shots that cleared the bases early in the game. One of them, a triple, was measured at over 375 ft. To give you an idea of how far that is, the foul poles at Minute Maid Park measure 315 ft. Folks, word on the street is that this kid can slaughter a baseball consistently.
Umpire Bobby Zepeda, who also was a Rosenberg Little Leaguer back in his day, traveled to Midland with the team and had this to say about the game. “From the 1st pitch the boys had brought their leather. You could see it in their eyes. The confidence level was high.” Let’s not leave out star pitcher Cody Williams, who threw a one hitter in the regional final. Rosenberg 12 Louisiana 3 – FINAL.
The city of Rosenberg “ struck up the band “ and honored the boys and their coaches and families with a star studded parade and ceremony last Thursday at the home of RNLL. In attendance were multiple members of the media, Mayor Morales, the Terry HS cheerleaders, and anyone and everyone who has anything to do with youth baseball in the area.
The boys signed autographs, took pictures, answered media questions, received kudos, and were treated like the kings they are.
Coach Steve Sulak, also a former Rosenberg LL player, gave an inspirational tribute to the team and to little league baseball. Coach Sulak and his staff are to be commended, not only for great baseball, but having great attitudes everywhere they go. They are true ambassadors of the game and their league.
RNLL President Lori Cook gave a great testimony as to how long she’s known the boys. It was touching. Lori has been President for the last 10 years. Anyone who has served on a board of directors knows how much time she has put in. Unbelievable. She, of all people, deserves a trip to the World Series.
We, at the “Star” newspaper, want to congratulate all involved with these boys and salute their hard work and dedication. The finals from Michigan will be aired on ESPN Saturday, August 20. With a little more hard work, a little more belief in themselves, and a lot of love from their community, they will be playing in the finals…….. and we’ll ALL be watching!!
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