They haven't even reached their teens, but these athletes have already proved they got what it takes to be stars.
The 2012 City Series, very much the world series of Glendora Little League baseball, was held at George Manooshian Park Thursday afternoon. Six teams in three different age divisions put on their game faces and played to win, but didn't forget the most important aspect of the game: to have fun.
"Every other year, it's hosted by one of the two leagues, this year it's hosted by us," said Michael Gorski, president of the Glendora American Little League. "It's a real feel-good thing that got them here."
Over thirty teams play in either league, with about 800 kids competing in three different age groups: Major Division (11-12), Foothill Triple A (10-11) and Pioneer Double A (8-9), Gorski said. The teams compete for trophies as a symbol of their victory in the City Series.
"For the major division, there's a trophy that goes back and forth to the winner … since the beginning of the City Series," Gorski said.
"It felt good," said 12-year-old Rangers first basemen Samuel Jimenez, from the Major Division. His team emerged victorious over the Angels 4-0. "I was nervous at the very beginning, but now I feel good. This is my second year of winning."
Jimenez's mother, Sarah, was elated her son was part of the victory.
"He's done good this year and we're really proud of him. He's enjoyed playing with the Rangers. They're a terrific team and the coaches are awesome."
Erik Willett, coach of the AAA Yankees who won their City Series game 10-2, made sure his team was ready for victory.
"We practiced hard this week. We had about nine hours of practice," Although this victory for the team was still great, Willett said what was more exhilarating was the division victory they secured beforehand.
Last, but not least, the AA Red Sox defeated the Dodgers in a 5-4 nail-biter.
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