Little League - the way it was meant to be

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They play the American past time with flair and gusto and a passion that has been handed down for generations.

Little League - the way it was meant to be

By John Cardullo, sports writer, RINewsToday

 

The Cardinals win the Johnston 12U regular league season championship and set their sights on winning the Johnston Town league Championship…….

 

In the spring, in cities and towns across America, the boys of summer come out to play. They come in all ages, in all shapes and sizes, and yes, in both sexes. Team names run from the Yankees, Cardinals and Red Sox to the Spinners, the Mud Hens and the Baby Cakes. They have one thing in common, to play the game of baseball! Just like their Dads did and their Dads did and so on. They play the American past time with flair and gusto and a passion that has been handed down for generations. They are kids looking to play Little League baseball like it was meant to be and having experiences that will last a lifetime.

 

The Cardinals play in the Johnston 12U house league. As is the case in virtually every house league all over the world, players must try out for a team, they get selected in a house league draft, and they play for the team all year. In the case of Johnston, a player gets drafted and remains with their team until he moves up to the next age level. So, a player can play on the Cardinals for one season or a few, but they remain with the kids who they have been with since the beginning of their playing “careers”. The main objective is to learn how to play the game of baseball, have fun doing it, make friends, and compete in Little League the way it was meant to be.

 

Manager Mike DeLima and his assistant coaches practice the players several times a week before the season and whenever they can get the team together while in season. Their positive attitudes and support for each of their players is never in question; if a player has a bad day at the plate, they encourage them in the field or vice versa. They are always encouraging and positive and teaching - always teaching. The players love to come to practice, to play the games and to bet together as a team and as friends. This is Little League the way it was meant to be. The Coaches coach, the players play, the umpires make the calls and the parents support every player on the team. Through every single play, good or bad, you never hear anything critical. Little League the way it was meant to be! In an era of sports when the nightly news or ESPN runs a tape showing the uglier side of Little League baseball the Johnston Cardinals 12U team not only has their priorities right, but they are a success on the field as well.

 

The Cardinals went 15-3 throughout the regular season winning the house league championship 11-3 defeating the Yankees in a game that was closer than the final score indicated. The members of the Cardinals are Nicholas Testa, Ethan Bracey, Alex Amaral, Evan Melvin, Paul Scorpio Jr., Michael DeLima, Matthew Clements, Ethan Placella, Giovanni Tonucci, Aiden Pannone, Jesse Geyer and Cody Cook.

 

The Cardinals will resume playing after a short break for the All-Star team to compete in the Little League State Championship, when the Cardinals retake the field, they will compete in the Johnston 12U Little League City Championship tournament. Win or lose the Cardinals will play hard and shake their opponents’ hands and become 10, 11 & 12-year-old kids again - Little League the way it was meant to be.