Rockford team wins 10U Little League State Championship

(Left to right) On the ground: Carter VanderTuig, Manny Abro. On knees: Cole Mason, Drew Ramm, Bryce Heeringa. Standing: Chase Pitsch, Nehemiah Kusreau, Quinn Geshel, Breckton Meeuwsen, Eli Johnson, Daniel Toole, & Mason Plain. Coaches: Mike Meeuwsen, Jeff Geshel, Mike Ramm. Photo by Jessica Heeringa, Rockford Portraits.

Final score 8-5 vs. Mount Pleasant

The Rockford 10U Little League Team left it all on the field in the State Tournament in Bay City at the end of July. The team won their Championship game against Mount Pleasant with a score of 8-5. They are the first Rockford 10U team to make the State Championship, let alone win it all. All together the boys won 12 games; six at the District level and the final six at the State Tournament.

Coach Jeff Geshel shared some of the highlights of the game.  “Mount Pleasant scored three runs in the top of the 1st to take an early lead.  I thought it was huge how we responded in the bottom of the 1st.  Chase Pitsch led off with a big hit and Eli Johnson singled him in to get a run back quickly.  Then with 2 outs, Eli asked me when he got to third base if he could do the delayed steal home, as he recognized the opportunity was there.  While we had practiced it, we hadn’t tried executing it in any previous game.  I gave him the ok to try it, but half-jokingly told him that if he decides to go, he better make it.  He timed it up well on the second pitch and slid in just under the tag.  It was a big time play by a big time player, and cut the deficit to 3-2 and got us some momentum back.”

When asked how the boys reacted to the big win. Geshel said their reaction was “Pure joy, as they are 10 year olds!  No one knows at the start of 10u All Stars how good any team is or how far they might advance.  It was simply a magical ride!”

The Coach told his team afterward how proud he was of their accomplishments. “Going 12-0 in All Stars, winning a District championship, and becoming the first Rockford team to win a 10u State Championship was simply incredible. “ He told them that there are 8 and 9-year-old boys in Rockford now with big dreams thanks to what these boys accomplished.  “They will be legends now amongst their peers on the Little League diamond, and other kids are going to want their
baseball cards”

For the 10U level this is the entry point for All Stars and the first year together for this group of players. Advancing to the State Tournament was the final level of play for their age group.  Geshel said that he hopes this motivates all these boys to keep playing baseball, and to keep dreaming big about future goals, including possibly making it all the way to Williamsport, PA for the Little League World Series when they’re 12.

Geshel would like to thank the Rockford community for their ongoing support this season. He said, “it was a terrific season of baseball across all the Little League ages.  Hopefully this will inspire many other kids to play the sport, and maybe even encourage a few others to pick up a glove and bat again and give it another try!”

Congratulations boys on your fantastic season!