Thursday, June 17, 2021

Undefeated Little League Team Prepares for Tournament of Champions

The Sandlot Sluggers little league team are moving on to the Tournament of Champions after an undefeated season. Photo: Inge Cornejo

One of the Coronado Little League baseball teams is on a winning streak. The Sandlot Sluggers, ages 7 to 10, won their championship this past week after an undefeated season. They are moving on to the Tournament of Champions on June 4 and Coach Greg West says this season is one to remember, for many reasons.

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“It was such an amazing season, but not just because we were undefeated and won the championship,” West said. “Our group of boys are such great kids and made coaching so enjoyable.”

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the season started in March, a month later than usual. Once the season started, teams followed several safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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“At first I wasn’t very excited about all the different COVID protocols, but I understood why we had them,” West said. “As the season went on they became second nature and I hardly noticed them.”

The team will face the Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League on Friday. Photo: Inge Cornejo

West says the season helped the kids, coaches and parents find a bit of normalcy during uncertain times. In 2020, the Coronado Little League was not able to play due to the pandemic.

“It was such a bummer last year being stuck inside not being able to watch the kids play and be out there with all of their friends,” West said.

One of Coach West’s highlights from the season was in the playoffs.

“One of the other coaches intentionally walked one of our players twice to pitch to the kid after him instead,” West said. “Both times the kid batting after him got hits to score runs and I was so happy for him to come through in that situation.”

Photo: Inge Cornejo

Aside from practices and tournaments, the team also organized a few outings together, including a wiffle ball game with pizza after. At the end of the day, West says the time together is what mattered most.

“Winning is fun, but even more than that, they really enjoyed being around each other.”
The Sandlot Sluggers will now advance to the Tournament of Champions to play against the Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League at 5pm on Friday.

“This season was really a dream season for a coach,” West said. “I have coached baseball at different levels, and this team really was one of my favorites ever.”

 

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Tyra Wu
Tyra is a multimedia journalist with several years of experience. She has worked at various news organizations including Fox 5 San Diego, KPBS and The Coast News. She is also a student at SDSU studying journalism.Tyra grew up in Carlsbad and is excited to be reporting on another coastal community. She is particularly interested in reporting on issues of race, diversity and education. When she's not working you can find her surfing, hiking or hanging out with her dog, Hachi.Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com
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