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2004 11-yr old regional finals
Valpo and Dyer battle it out
GARY WEST HOSTS 11-YEAR OLD TOURNAMENT FINALS
Never in doubt...
What, me worry?
Gary West Little League's Brunswick Field was the site of the Regional finals of the inaugural 11-year old tournament series. The series featured a best two out of three game duel between the District 1 representative Valparaiso Americans and the Dyer All-Stars, winner of the District 2 tournament.

The series got off to an exciting start with a pitcher's duel in game 1. In classic All-star fashion, with the score knotted at 0-0. the game was won with sixth-inning, two out walk-off homerun by the Dyer All-Stars.

Game 2 was all Dyer, with Dyer taking the Regional crown with a 6-1 win. Dyer now moves on to the Semi-state finals. Gary West Little League congratulates the Dyer All-Stars and wishes them all the best as they move on in the tournament. Despite losing two straight games, one in heartbreaking fashion, we also give a big GWLL salute to the Valpo Americans. To all of the All-Star teams and fans that traveled and played at our field, thank you for coming out and we hope you enjoyed the hospitality.

Last but not least, a heartfelt thank you to all of the Gary West grounds crew, concession stand workers, and volunteers who took time to help make this tournament a success. Every team, from the coaches to the players to the fans were truly impressed with the quality of service, the excellent condition of the field, and the efforts made by the GWLL volunteers. A JOB WELL DONE!!!


WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

Major League All-Stars fare well in Tourney Debut
The Gary West Major League All-Stars opened the District One tournament with a rousing 7-2 win over the Gary Midtown All-Stars. Darius Wilson (Brooklyn Royal Giants) turned in a dominating pitching performance, giving up just two hits a complete game gem. Displaying a devastating fast ball, Wilson pitched a 17 strike out complete game.

Offensively, Wilson received help from Travis Starks and Farooq Muhammad, both of whom play with the first place Kansas City Monarchs. Starks broke the game open in the fifth inning with a bases-loaded triple. This victory sent Gary West to the second round against a tough Merrillville team that beat the Longfellow All-Stars 17-0.

In the second round, Gary West lost to the Merrillville team 5-1 in a game that was closer than the final score may indicate. Despite an inspiring, gutty six-inning pitching performance by second-year All-Star Cody Stuckey of the Birmingham Black Barons, costly errors late in the game allowed an opportunistic Merrillville to send four runs home late in the game.

Gary West had several opportunities to take control of the game in the fifth inning. In the fifth, with Merrillville leading 3-0, Gary West loaded the bases with no outs. However, after scoring one run on a wild pitch, Gary West squandered the chance, ending the inning with two strikeouts. The game ended with Gary West again threatening, stranding Farooq Muhammad on third base.

Gary West moves to the lower bracket of the tournament, playing again Tuesday, July 6th at Longfellow Field against the winner of the Portage/East Chicago game. Longfellow Field is located on 43rd and Whitcomb in Calumet Township.


SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT GARY WEST
Visit the Indiana District One website and sign the guestbook. Let the Distict people know that we are proud of our League.

We Will Rock You

Handout: Gary West Little League 2004 Flyer

CALLING ALL GARY WEST SUPPORTERS!!!
Field cleanup will be held every Saturday from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Winters are hard on the field and a lot of work needs to be done in order to get the field ready for the 2004 season. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!!! Tools and gloves will be provided, be sure to wear some work clothes and COME READY TO WORK!!!

ALL PROSPECTIVE PLAYERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CLEAN UP EFFORT!! TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR FIELD AND YOUR LEAGUE!!!


VOLUNTEERS WANTED!
Gary West Little League is looking for voluteers for the 2004 baseball season. While prior experience is a plus, it is not necessary. If you have an have the patience, energy, and positive attitude needed to motivate and uplift kids age 5-15, come out and lend a helping hand.

The first step is to complete a Volunteer Application. You can print a copy by clicking on ******** on the left. COMPLETION OF THE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION IS MANDATORY; YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICPATE IN ANY ACTIVITIES WITHOUT A COMPLETED FORM ON FILE WITH THE LEAGUE. All volunteers are subject to appointment by the League president and approval by the League Board members. For more information, click on the following link:

Handout: Volunteer Application and requirements

Central Region Announces Regional Tournament Sites For 2004
The sites for the eight Regional tournaments in Little League Baseball and Softball were announced on Saturday, November 8, 2003 during the Central Region Tournament Director and Umpire Review meeting.

The Little League Baseball Regional tournament to determine the Great Lakes and Midwest Champions, will be played in Indianapolis, IN, July 30 - August 9, at the Ruben F. Glick Little League Baseball Center, Central Region Headquarters. This will be the 16th year that the tournament has been played at the regional headquarters, beginning in 1989. The regional championship games have been televised live on ESPN or ESPN2, since 1997.

The other seven sites of the various Central Region Little League Baseball and Little League Girls Softball tournaments will remain the same as in 2003. The Junior League Baseball Regional in Fort Wayne, IN, August 7 - 13; Senior League Baseball Regional in Peru, IL, August 7 - 13; Big League Baseball Regional in Wyoming, MI, July 22 - 27; Girls Little League Softball in Joplin, MO, July 30 - August 7; Girls Junior League Softball in Akron, OH, August 6 - 12; Girls Senior League Softball in South Bend, IN, August 5 - 12; Girls Big League Softball in Wyoming, MI, August 7 - 14. The exact time frame and game schedules will be determined at a later date.

Little League Baseball, Incorporated is the world's largest organized youth sports program, with approximately 2.8 million baseball and softball players ages 5 - 18 in the U.S. and 104 other countries.



The Message Board is Open!
Do you have a comment or idea that you think will help the league, but you don't know where to go? Try the Message Board!

The message board can be found by clicking on the left or on the title of this article. Either way will take you to the right place. Type your comment or idea. It's that simple!

If you would like someone to respond to your message, just leave your name, email address and/or telephone number and someone will reply within 48 hours.

The goal of this site is to provide an additional resource for parents, players, coaches, and anyone interested in the advancement and promotion of Gary West Little League. To this end, PLEASE REFRAIN FROM USING PROFANITY OR ADVERTISING BUSINESSES ON THE MESSAGE BOARD!! Gary West Little League's goal is to provide a safe and positive environment. Our mission is so our children can learn how to succeed in baseball and in life.


GET INVOLVED WITH GARY WEST
If you would like to get on the Gary West mailing list, go to the message board and leave your name and email address. As the season progresses, you will be informed of any schedule changes, upcoming field trips, and the success of our All-star teams first!!

Get involved! Gary West is doing BIG THINGS in 2004!!


   
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