VSLL players bring home memories, but not title
There will be no Junior League Southeastern Regional baseball championship banner for the Viera/Suntree Little League All-Stars to bring home with them.
But what the players and their families will be bringing back from Greenville, S.C. are a bunch of memories that will last a lifetime.
North Carolina scored six runs in the fifth inning to defeat Viera/Suntree 7-0 in Tuesday’s region championship game, one day after they staged a dramatic rally to beat Virginia 9-8 in the semifinals.
The beauty of the season, as the coaches repeatedly said throughout the summer, is that every kid found a way to contribute, either at the plate, on the mound or in the field.
From Andrew Brait, Jackson Taylor, Eric Adler, Kyler Doane, JT Santos and Jordan Allen to Conner Sheer, BJ Lanza, Mason Behrens, Logan Plante, Michael Buccieri and Carson Warrix … they all had their moments.
This was a team that not only played as one unit on the field, but was perhaps even closer off it. Many of the now 13-14 year-olds have grown up together, playing baseball in the VSLL since they were hitting off a tee.
Their friendship and support for each other showed up in many ways, like the time the coaches found them all together, sharing fishing poles during a break between games. After their dramatic semifinal win over Virginia, when instead of opting to spend the night in a nice, comfortable hotel room with their families, they decided to spend one more night sleeping in the dorms.
They were district champions. They were also sectional and state champions. They may not be southeast region champions, and that is obviously disappointing.
But it still doesn’t take away from the fact that no matter what … this team was special. That’s something they should never forget.