The Rockford Little League 12 U Baseball All Star Team recently took home their 3rd District 9 Championship in a row. The team remained undefeated in District play by defeating Byron Township 11 – 6 for the 2015 District 9 Title on Saturday July 18th. This group of All Stars also won the District 9 Championship in 2014 and 2013. The Rockford 12U All Star baseball team advances to the State Tournament held in Harper Woods, MI. State pool play begins Saturday, July 25th. Teams that advance beyond pool play enter State Final rounds which begin on Tuesday, July 28th. The tournament concludes with the 12 U Baseball All Star State of Michigan Champion being crowned after the game on Thursday July 30th. All eyes will be on Rockford at Harper Woods as they return to the State Tournament defending their 2014 State Championship Title. Rockford 12 U Baseball All Star players are: Caden Currie, Owen DeVries, Caleb Engelsman, Ryan Frommeyer, Adam Goushaw, Nate Herblet, Sam Krist, Luke McLean, Jackson Moseley, Ethan Nash, Brendan Scheuller, Nicholas Silverman, and Isaac Toole. The team is managed by Josh Scheuller along with coaches Dan McLean and Michael Herbleet.
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Rockford Little League (RLL) is literally having a “banner year” in the 2012 District 9 All-Star tournament. Three Rockford teams have won their division banners during the District 9 championship games, and are advancing to play in state tournaments. The boys 12U Baseball team won the championship game with a shutout score of 3-0 against Hudsonville. The boys 10-11 Baseball team won against Byron Township in their final game with a score of 8-1. The girls 10-11 Softball team, not to be outdone by the boys, is advancing to the state tournament after blanking Byron Township 9-0 in their championship game. The three Rockford teams swept their brackets with perfect records. Warren Lanphear, president of RLL, is all smiles this year. According to Lanphear, “This is the first time in 20 years we’ve had a Rockford [baseball] team in the state tournament.” Lanphear is too selfless to mention the fact that two of his grandchildren are players on Rockford All-Star teams. Wendell and Lauren Lanphear have played in the RLL system for six and five years respectively. Last year, Lauren was a member of the 9-10 All-Star Softball team that won the District 9 championships and went on to the final eight at the state tournament in Parchment, Mich. This year, both of the Lanphear kids will suit up to represent Rockford in Little League state tournament play. Wendell and Lauren don’t make the All-Star team every year because their grandfather is affiliated with RLL; it is because of their skill. In Lauren’s case, she makes the cut every year because she is the best 11U catcher in the Rockford system, and has been ever since she “played up” in the Major Division her first season. Lauren’s batting average in the 2012 regular season was .529 (.462 during the All-Star tournament)—not bad for an 11-year-old playing up in the Majors Division. Lauren has been the leadoff hitter for her team for the last two years, and put up her first homerun this year. Though Lauren has played in a state tournament before, this is Wendell’s first year wearing the coveted Little League patch on his left arm. Wendell saw plenty of action in his 12U game against Hudsonville. He scored twice, and had a line-drive […]
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.
Despite skies that produced rain throughout much of the morning, a giant step toward a bright summer was taken Saturday, May 1 when Rockford Little League (RLL) began its season with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at East Rockford Middle School (ERMS). The skies cleared in time for the ceremony, which officially opened the district’s new athletic facilities at that location. The complex was planned and developed through a cooperative effort between the Rockford Public Schools (RPS) and Rockford Little League. This year RLL provides opportunities for over 800 area youngsters between the ages of 5 and 18 to participate in one of more than 70 T-ball, softball and baseball teams. The Rockford league’s affiliation with the National Little League program offers many advantages, including safety and educational programs, mandatory requirements for safety equipment, rule guidelines, insurance options, and others. The new complex at ERMS includes nine softball and baseball fields. It was funded by the passage of a bond issue in May 2008, which also provided funds for many other improvements throughout the district. RLL also contributed funds for some equipment at the facility, and will be making an additional investment in the form of a permanent building that will house a concession stand, storage area, and restrooms. The league also helps defray school district costs related to the complex by helping with the maintenance of the fields. The opening ceremony started with the presentation of colors by a color guard from the Merritt Lamb American Legion Post 102, and the playing of the National Anthem by a brass quartet from Rockford High School. Warren Lanphear, RLL president, then addressed the crowd with a few remarks in which he thanked the RLL board members for their hard work and the community as a whole for their generous support of the funding that made this “field of dreams” possible. He recounted years spent by the league trying to develop and execute a plan for such a project, and thanked the RPS for their cooperation in making the complex a reality. Lanphear’s sentiments were echoed by Dr. Michael Shibler, superintendent of RPS, who also spoke at the ceremony. Shibler applauded both the RLL and the entire Rockford community, saying that he has never witnessed such a spirit of […]
Rockford Little League hoping for help this year by AL PRATT Spring is in the air. The sun is a bit warmer. Flowers are starting to emerge from their winter hiding places. More people can be seen strolling along Main Street and Squires Street… and perhaps just as evident, it is time for baseball. We aren’t talking about the Whitecaps or the Tigers. We mean the baseball that is even more visible and more important in neighborhoods all across our area-the Rockford Little League, (RLL), which has been active behind the scenes since the last out was made last summer in preparation for this year’s season. The story of the Rockford Little League is an interesting one. The league offers a variety of t-ball, baseball, and softball options for over 800 boys and girls ranging in age from five to 18. It is governed and operated by an eleven member volunteer board of directors who serve year around. Board members come from a variety of backgrounds. This year’s board includes an emergency room physician, a tool and die worker, a day care worker, a salesman, and an IT director, among others, but they all share one thing-a dedication and commitment to providing the best possible athletic experience for area youngsters. Signups have officially ended for the 2009 season, but late signups may be possible based on availability. Warren Lanphear, RLL president urges anyone who may have a youngster who would still like to play, to contact him at (616) 874-5429. Every effort will be made to find a spot for interested players. There is a fee for participation, but wherever possible, allowances will be made to accommodate players, regardless of their ability to pay. Practices began on March 30. A full schedule of games will get underway on Saturday, May 2. The Rockford Little League is chartered by the National Little League. This affiliation offers advantages ranging from secondary insurance coverage to rules designed to help ensure player safety. The rules cover everything from pitch counts to protect young arms and equipment specifications, to well defined age and residency requirements designed to provide equal opportunities for all area youngsters. The National Little League also gives our young players the opportunity to compete for a spot […]