LLBB: 9-10’s Drop 2, 11-12’s Fall to Morganton

Jacob Daniels took one off the helmet early in Avery's match-up with Wilkes #2, Daniels was shaken but not stirred as he went on to have an outstanding game, driving in a run and making two spectacular catches for the 9 and 10 y/o team. (Phillip Greene Photo)

Jacob Daniels took one off the helmet early in Avery's match-up with Wilkes #2, Daniels was shaken but not stirred as he went on to have an outstanding game, driving in a run and making two spectacular catches for the 9 and 10 y/o team. (Phillip Greene Photo)

Avery’s 9 and 10 year old Baseball squad took to the field twice last week to get their post-season underway.  They traveled to Wilkes County to take on one of the Wilkes American teams, finding themselves locked in a tough battle, and unable to get anything going with the bats; falling 10-0 in five innings.

Avery came home to try and get things right, hoping to seek redemption against another of the Wilkes teams.  Avery battled back and forth with the Wilkes 2 team before finally taking the lead at 7-5 in the fifth inning.  Due to the structure of the tournament bracket, however, Avery had to serve as the away team, which would prove to be their culprit, as Avery was able to head into the bottom half of the final inning with a 2 run lead.

Wilkes would get things started with a lead-off walk, and then benefit from an inside the park homerun to tie the game.  The Wilkes 2 team then loaded the bases and took advantage of a bases loaded walk to end the game and earn the victory over Avery.

“I’d rather lose by 15 or 20 than on a bases loaded walk,” stated Head Coach Kevin McClellan.  “The boys played their hearts out, it hurts to finish one like that.”

Avery’s 11 and 12 year old boys also played over the past week, falling in a tough game against a powerhouse squad from Morganton.  The Avery team will return to action on Saturday at 4 PM in hopes of turning their post season into a couple of wins, and to move on in Regional play.  Good Luck and Congrats to all of Avery’s All-Stars.


Little League Spring Season Wraps with Naming of All-Stars

LLBBSBThe Little League regular season for the spring wrapped up last week with wet weather and All-Star announcements.  The Avery County Little League took Monday evening to announce the winners of the Vidalia Onion Sales and announce their All-Star rosters for the summer Little League sponsored tournament.  The Minor League Baseball Marlins won the team prize for selling the most onions of any team throughout the league, and the top three individual sellers were also on the Marlins team.

The season was a great season full of some great baseball and softball action, with all of the youth learning the game, and seemingly having fun.  In some of the leagues the competition level was high, with any team holding a chance to come away victorious on any given night.  From tee-ball action all the way up to the 10-12 year old Majors, the competition was fierce and Avery County showed that there is some talent among the players in their Little League program.

The All-Stars were elected and announced on Monday, June 15 as part of the awards ceremony, which was held at the Little League complex between the fields.  Representing Avery County this summer in the Little League tournaments will be:

Major League Softball (11-12):

Kylie Polsgrove, Ellie Lecka, Ginny Leamann, Christian Burleson, Jerrica Rieger, Stacie Brewer, Morgan Lecka, Kaitlyn Suddreth, Ashley Yoder, Emily Brown, Makayla Clark, and Allie Moody

Minor League Softball (9-10):

Cassie Harris, Elizabeth Phillips, Veronica Clark, Bethany Jones, Savannah Moody, Kesha Garland, Kara Polsgrove, Bri Cuthbertson, Charity Ollis, Paige Moody, Zoe Daniels and Lanie Rogers

Major League Baseball (11-12):

Canaan Singleton, Kobe Pittman, Heath Austin, Austin Phillips, Jeremiah Vance, Gabriel Stanley, Austin Daniels, Eddie Yates, Wade Smith, Kyle Hofman, Preston Childress and Jerry Lunsford

Minor League Baseball (9-10):

Jacob Daniels, Austin Dugger, Josh McClellan, Deacon Heath, Caleb Hicks, Jordan Lecka, Josh Cook, Lane Johnson, Daniel Hartless, Brett Smith, Luke Crowe and Lucas Powell

Over the weekend the Major and Minor League baseball teams traveled to Boone to compete in a tournament with other Little Leaguers in a tournament to get practice as a team for the competition that they will likely face next week.  Both teams played great, with each team able to win 2 and lose one over the weekend.  The Minor League boys were able to string together a win and a loss on Saturday, and pieced it together on Sunday for a flawless victory, taking 2 of 3 over the weekend.

The Major League boys were able to win two on Saturday 13-1 and 14-3, earning two victories on the opening day of the tourney.  On Sunday they returned to Boone to face off with the Watauga 11-12 year-old traveling team falling in a tough game, but learning quite a bit about how each other play, and what it will take to earn a victory in the Little League Regions and Sectionals coming up in the next few weeks.

Good Luck to all the All-Stars, make us proud!

Three Local Youth Compete in Pitch, Hit and Run Contest

Three local youth competed in the sectional Pitch, Hit and Run competition in Albemarle (L-R) Peyton Lowry, Lane Johnson and Austin Daniels. (Bill Daniels Photo)

Three local youth competed in the sectional Pitch, Hit and Run competition in Albemarle (L-R) Peyton Lowery, Lane Johnson and Austin Daniels. (Bill Daniels Photo)

Three area youngsters traveled to Albemarle to compete in the youth version of a skills competition called Pitch, Hit and Run; which is put on as a collaborative effort of Aquafina and Major League Baseball.  The Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run contest is a free skills competition for boys and girls ages 7-14. The 1-day event emphasizes the fun element in baseball and allows youngsters to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities. PHR is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball and can be hosted by any organization, league, civic group or set of volunteers in the community.

Austin Daniels (Bill Daniels Photo)

Austin Daniels (Bill Daniels Photo)

Competitors compete in four age groups: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, with age being determined as of July 17, 2009.  At each level of competition competitors will receive an item for their participation. Prizes at different levels of competition include ribbons, medals, trophies and other awards. National Finalists receive a trip to St. Louis for the 2009 All-Star Game.  There are four levels of competition with local winners qualifying for the Sectional event.  Sectional winners are put into a pool, and the best performances will advance to the MLB Team competition.  Winners at that level become eligible to qualify for the National Finals which are held during the All-Star week festivities, each of which gets an all expense paid trip to St. Louis for the All-Star game.

Lane Johnson (Bill Daniels Photo)

Lane Johnson (Bill Daniels Photo)

Austin Daniels, Peyton Lowery and Lane Johnson traveled to Albemarle to take part in this event.  The three youth who made the trek were the local winners of the contest, which was put on as a part of the Little League Baseball festivities here in the county.  To be eligible to make the trip the youth had to win each individual event, or the overall competition locally.  Lowery took the overall crown locally in his age group, winning the hitting competition as well.  Daniels walked away with the pitching crown, with Johnson taking the crown in his age group, giving each of the youth the opportunity to compete in the sectional event in Albemarle.

Peyton Lowery (Bill Daniels Photo)

Peyton Lowery (Bill Daniels Photo)

All three youth displayed their skills, putting on quite a show, as each one seemed to better their efforts from here in the County.  They had a great time, and enjoyed the opportunity to display their skills, with each one taking a sense of accomplishment from the competition.  Congratulations to each of these youngsters on their local victory, as well as their performance in Albemarle.  Great job guys!

Little League Postponed for Tonight 5/15

llbasesoft-copyAvery County Little League has postponed the games scheduled for this evening, May 15.  There is no make-up date scheduled at this time, but information will be passed along as it becomes available.  For more information check the Avery County Little League website.