Frederick American Little League: Welcome

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Frederick American Little league is an all volunteer organization that provides a fun, safe environment for the youth of Frederick to experience the game of baseball. Our focus is to encourage participation, develop character, promote teamwork, and develop league and community pride. We strive to provide age appropriate instruction in the development of baseball skills, sportsmanship, competitiveness and fair play. Frederick American Little league is committed to fostering a love of the game as well as teaching respect of all players and officials. We follow the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance in support of this mission. 



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 Chapter 8: “The Little Team That Could.”

Oddly enough, one of the most memorable parts of this week’s subject was the opening greeting of the parent’s meeting prior to 9-10 All-Star Play in 2007. The coach gathered the parents on the 1st base bleachers and called the meeting to order with the now famous statement, “We aren’t even going to talk about the other side of the Bay Bridge . . . (meaning Cambridge, MD and the site of the 2007 9-10 State All-Star Tournament)". Why talk about States when there was stiff competition throughout District 2 and the local teams. Little did that coach and parents realize that sooner than they could have imagined, they would be talking about just that bridge and just that tournament.

Some will argue that it all started in a nearly deadlocked opening game against East Frederick where 10 yr old, Chris Bream was given the bunt sign in an attempt to move base runners up in hopes of getting some sort of Frederick American rally started. The nearly perfect bunt that followed was fielded and promptly overthrown at first base. Bream took second as a run scored and then third on a panicked throw to the plate by the East Frederick fielder. And just like that, Frederick American had the lead and was off and running on a 9-10 yr old dream competition. They would defeat Frederick National, Westminster, and Four County, but as always seems to be the case, the chance to label the tournament a real success lay in getting by Brunswick at home, with their less than reverent home town fans in the District Title game.

Player prayers the eve before the district title game probably went something like, “Lord, please let us somehow some way either win this game tomorrow, or if we don't, please don't let our loss be an embarrassing blow-out.” But what Frederick American didn’t realize or ever expect was that two pitchers would throw a combined no-hitter that memorable Saturday and stun the opponents (and their fans) seizing the District 2 title and earning a trip to Cambridge and the State tournament!

The success of the 2007 team fell on the backs of players who had excelled all year as well as those that came through for the first time when it counted most. With nicknames like “Chick”, X-man”, and “#1”, they scraped, scrapped, and play fundamentally sound baseball under the careful coaching of some of the league’s finest coaching mentors. Even the fan base kept a strong barrage of encouragement for the 9-10 yr olds in red and blue. On arriving in Cambridge, Frederick American easily defeated a DC team and then a southwest Baltimore squad from Arbutus who were sharing the same hotel and clearly had no curfew the night before their contest. A tough Berlin team, however, handed Frederick American their first tournament loss and set up a must win semi-final against undefeated District 1 champs, Conococheague. The game was close all the way through. In the end, Conococheague outlasted Frederick American by just a single run, 4-3.

There were tears that followed, but assurances that they had, even in defeat, done something special that they would never forget. As the ball park emptied out that evening, the two opposing head coaches crossed paths in the parking lot, the last two to leave. The victor said to the defeated, “I sense the real championship was played tonight (as Frederick American gave Conococheague their only competitive game in the tournament). Conococheague went on to easily win the state title game the following day.

For the members of the 2007 9-10 team, lives have gone on but few have forgotten that magical summer trip to Cambridge in ’07. Most of the players are seniors in high school these days. Some are playing high school and Legion baseball, while others have left the game for other pursuits.

This week we celebrate their memory. Jordan Williams, Nate Schwemmer, Curtis Bowie, Miguel Pereira, Jon Mahalchick, Trace Russ, Maciah Thomas, Tucker Zeigler, Chris Bream, Travis Barbe, Xavier Sewell, Anthony Szelc, and coaches Rick Wilson and Bob Ziegler were by far, “the Little Team That Could”. Stay tuned for more next week .


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