South Portland wins Little League state title

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South Portland’s American Little League age 11-12 baseball team won the state title last week for the first time in a half-century. South Portland defeated Lewiston, 11-1, in the championship game of the state tournament. South Portland will represent Maine at the East Regional tournament in Bristol, Connecticut beginning Sunday.

Front row, from left: Alec Campbell, Richard Gilboy, Nolan Hobbs, Timmy Crockett, Ian Wright, Ben Stanley, Carson Blake, Johnny Poole, Aiden Lee, Andrew Heffernan and Matthew Fogg.

Coaches: James Gilboy, Craig Hobbs, Jim Poole, John Heffernan and Joe Wright.

  • Jerry Storako

    Just finished watching the Little League Regional game in which the Maine team lost. I have been involved in Little League baseball for the pasr 63 years, I am 71, and in all those years I have never seen such a blatant disrespect of the Little League mantra. The Maine manager decided trying to win was more important than following the rules. This supposed leader of the young purposely did not play one of his players. He was losing in last inning and tried to win by all means. The rules state that every player must have one time at bat. The Little League officials warned him with two outs in last inning and told him he would be suspended for two games if not youngster doesn’t play. He said he would take the suspension thereby putting winning ahead of the child. This manager should never be allowed back in Little League, he is a disgrace to the game. He totally went against the Little League credo” I TRUST IN GOD, I LOVE MY COUNTRY AND WIL RESPECT ITS LAWS, I WILL PLAY FAIR AND STRIVE TO WIN, BUT WIN OR LOSE I WILL ALWAYS DO MY BEST.”

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    Jerry Storako
    Orland Park, Il