The Parkland Intermediate Little League Team finished second in the Intermediate Little League World Series competition in Livermore, (near San Francisco) California. The players are age 12 to 13 and were selected from a league that plays in Terra Mar Park. There were 13 players from Parkland that participated in the tournament.
“The kids love it,” said Doug Mox, manager of the team. “They were able to interact with other players who were staying at the same hotel. They played a lot of baseball and it was a great experience. Every kid who plays baseball should aspire to do something like that.”
Throughout the playoffs and final tournament, the Parkland team outscored its opponents 158 to 20 and had a 13 to 1 record. The team won its district competing against teams from Coral Springs and Deerfield Beach. Because there were no teams entered at the sectional level, Parkland received a buy and went on to the state tournament in St. Augustine. Parkland won the state tournament competing in a field of seven teams and moved on to the Southeast Regional tournament. The team won there and received the opportunity to compete in California.
“We competed against six team representing different parts of the United States and made it to the U.S. championship,” said Mox.
The Parkland team won its games in the double elimination format tournament and defeated a team from Hawaii. The team from Hawaii made it out of the loser’s bracket and came back to face the team from Parkland in the championship game and won. The team from Hawaii went on to win an international competition by defeating a team from South Korea.
Many of the players on the Parkland team will continue playing baseball. Some are likely to play for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball team.
The players also had a chance to attend a Chicago Cubs versus Oakland A’s baseball game and met with Anthony Rizzo, who played for Stoneman Douglas High School.