Parkland Little League made history this season, and its 10-and-Under All-Star team deserves the credit for such a milestone.
Manager Kevin Little was proud of his team of 12, who were the first Parkland All-Star players to make it past district play since the league’s incorporation in 1991.
The group came up short in the sectional tournament but that doesn’t take away from their strong season.
“We had 12 fantastic players who came together in a short period of time, some of whom had to learn a new position for the betterment of the team,” said Little, whose team went 5-2 this all-star season. “They all supported one another, and after only a week or so of practice, our team looked like they had played together for years.”
Parkland opened up their all-star play at the eight-team, double elimination district tournament in Tamarac with an 8-4 win over rival North Springs. They kept their momentum going strong and defeated Deerfield 17-5, followed by a 12-0 victory over Coconut Creek. Parkland then faced North Springs again and fell 7-3, but remained composed. Parkland beat North Springs 13-3 when it mattered most for the District 10 title.
“They really gelled as a team, and I was incredibly proud, but not surprised, that they won the district title,” Little added.
Parkland then headed down south to Doral for the sectional tournament. Game one earned them a 14-0 “W” against Plantation, however, with the 3-team single elimination format, Parkland’s 6-5 loss to Kendall ended their season.
“We had such a fine group of young gentlemen, and it was such an exciting season,” said Parkland Little League President Jeanne Perretty, who has been on the board for eight years. “This is a big accolade for our city, and we hope that it’s the start of our teams earning more titles. I’m very proud of our team, players and coaches.”
Parkland’s Little League teams call Terramar Park their home field, and when next year’s play rolls around, Little hopes to make even more progress.
“We celebrated each accomplishment one at a time, and every night we had a different kid do something special in order for us to win,” Little said. “We had a great group of selfless, enthusiastic players, and we’ll do our best to be back next year to make it to states.”