Rockford Little League ends season on high note

Finishing the season with a 13-0 record and a Class A District 9 tournament win is the Rockford Little League Majors team of (front row, l–r) Bayley Slater, Kyle Robach, Jack Richardson, Khale Showers, Brady Doyle, Jake McLean; (middle row) Head Coach Scot Showers, Logan Lee, Jason Whittaker, Connor Walstad, Paul Rienke; (back row) coaches David Lee, Dan McLean and Scott Doyle. (Coach Brian Richardson is not pictured.)

Rockford Little League has many teams with hundreds of players competing at levels from t-ball to seniors. Volunteer coaches and the leaders of Rockford Little League donate endless hours to enable these players to grow in their skill and knowledge of the game, learn the concepts of sportsmanship, and to have fun along the way. Many players and teams excel each year. This year was no exception!

Four teams did very well in the Majors division of the District 9 tournament. Coach Kevin Freeman’s team finished second in Class B, Coach Jason Rambo’s team finished second in Class J, and Coach Jim Stull’s team finished second in Class I.

Another Majors team, coached by Scot Showers, finished their regular season with a 13-0 record followed by a 6-0 record to win the Class A District 9 tournament championship. Some observers say this may have been the first Rockford Little League team to win the Class A District 9 tournament championship. The tournament run included a game-saving catch, timely pitching and hitting. The championship game included two home runs including a grand slam, a circus catch in right field and very strong overall hitting and pitching to shut out Western Little League for the title.

The team posted some pretty impressive numbers in regular season play, with 141 hits in the 13 games, and an overall batting average of .392. The pitchers had a combined ERA of just 1.89, while striking out seven out of every 10 batters they faced. The opposition only mustered a .143 batting average against the hurlers!

In the District 9 tournament play, Rockford kept the bats moving with 44 hits in just six games, and a .389 team batting average. Pitchers, however, brought it up a notch with a combined ERA of .75, with opposing hitters struggling to a .135 combined batting average.

The positive coaching style has made for a successful season and a fun learning experience for all the boys. They formed friendships that they will always remember.

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