Oneida Celebration….D 9 Little League Champs!

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ball21-121x130Four teams from New York Little League District 9 have been meeting over the past couple of weeks at the beautiful Camden Yards to determine a champion to move on to the Section II Tournament in Corning next week.

Camden, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, Oneida and Northern Community were the four organizations that entered teams in this season’s D-9 Little League 11-12 Year Old All-Star Tournament.

After twelve baseball games and twice as many thunderstorms, Oneida has emerged as the District 9 Champion for 2013, finishing a perfect (3-0) in the tournament.

Oneida and VVS had identical (1-0) records when they played each other on Saturday. Oneida got the win to move to (2-0) and all they needed was a win over Camden (1-1) today to take the title.

VVS Manager Betty Alsheimer called it a career after 30 years in coaching following today’s game.

Win they did, as Oneida blasted their way to an 11-0 win, punching a ticket to the Section II big dance in Corning.

VVS played one field over this afternoon against Northern Community (0-2) and were hoping for a win and an Oneida loss to have a chance at the title.

VVS did its part, erasing a 4-1 deficit to defeat Northern Community by a score of 12-5.

Even though VVS’ main goal was the District 9 Championship, their win was special for a reason most were not aware of. 

VVS Manager, Betty Alsheimer, a coach in the Sherrill Little League for the past 30 years and a recipient of the My Hometown Sports / Adirondack Bank 12th Man Award, has decided to call it a career after this season.

ball21-121x130So, whether they knew it or not, the kids on the VVS club that refused to go down without a fight today, gave “Coach Awsh” a very fitting send off.

Northern Community was playing for pride this afternoon and proud they can be of their efforts. 

NC’s, Graeme Pfliegen, broke a scoreless tie in the top half of the second inning with an RBI double, which scored Griff Murray and Brandon Treen, giving the kids in purple a 2-0 lead.

VVS responded with a run of its own in the home half of the second, when Brendan Hart singled and later came around to score on a wild pitch, to pull his team within 2-1, after two complete.

Northern Community’s Branden Treen (10) slides safely into home as VVS catcher Parker Talbot (15) hopes for a tag.

Northern Community made it 4-1 in the top of the third, on a two run homer off the bat of Jacob Beer.

VVS took the lead for good in the bottom of third, plating five runs and chasing NC starting pitcher, Evan Hockins.

ball21-121x130Alex Kipp and Bryce Cousin started off the third with back to back to singles. Blake VanDreason followed them up with a 2 RBI double to pull VVS to within 4-3 with nobody out.

Tyler Rotach drew a one out walk and then A.J. Farina bunted for a single off NC reliever, Connor Stalker, to load the bases.

A walk to Parker Talbot scored VanDreason, to tie the score 4-4. Rotach and Farina would later score on wild pitches, to give VVS a 6-4 lead, which is the way we’d go to the fourth.

VVS pitcher Alex Kipp, who got the win on the mound, didn’t allow another Northern Community batter past first base in the fourth or fifth innings.

VVS added three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, to take a 12-4 advantage.

Northern Community’s Jacob Beer (7) lines up a third inning home run.

The big blow from VVS came on a three run homer off the bat of Blake VanDreason in the bottom of the fifth.

ball21-121x130Northern Community plated a run in the top of the sixth to pull within 12-5, which is the way this ball game would end.

Bryce Cousin paced the VVS offense with three hits and Blake VanDreason provided the power with two hits and four RBI.

Northern Community was paced by Jacob Beer and Branden Treen, who had two hits each.

Congratulations to both teams on a hard fought contest and a special congratulations to Coach Betty Alsheimer on your wonderful Little League coaching career! We’re going to miss you!

VVS 12 Northern Community 5

Oneida 11 Camden 0

VVS pitcher Alex Kipp (7) delivers a second inning circle change up.