This past weekend, Willards Little League held it’s annual 7/8 Pitching Machine tournament. Games began on Friday evening but were suspended on Saturday due to the rain. Volunteers came out Saturday morning to cover the fields with tarps in hopes of keeping the fields dry for Sunday.
Sunday morning, more volunteers began arriving at 6am to clean up the rain that had accumulated and made it’s way under the tarps. Water pumps, leaf blowers and even shop-vacs were all used to remove enormous puddles and standing water from the fields. Fortunately, by 9am, fields were playable and the tournament resumed.
The weather turned out to be perfect for baseball, and despite it being a very long day for players, parents, coaches, umpires and volunteers, Willards was able to pull off a double-elimination tournament… saving the Championship game for Monday evening.
Monday evening’s game began at 6pm between Berlin and Lower Sussex. Both teams played hard with several players having to tough it out and play through injuries. At the end of 4 innings, Lower Sussex had defeated Berlin.
That was Berlin’s first loss. So, a rematch was needed since both teams had now suffered a single loss. The final game was relocated to Field 4 in anticipation of the need for lights.
The game began with lots of excitement as Lower Sussex immediately struck first, scoring 4 runs in the top of the first. Berlin took to the plate as the home team, but walked away completely denied, putting the score after 1 inning at 4-0. The second inning was more of the same as Lower Sussex dominated from the dish and tacked on another 4 runs. They then returned to the field demonstrating some incredible defense and great judgement as they again held Berlin from touching home plate.
The third inning was filled with defense as crowded bleachers and onlookers were blown away by the talent being displayed by both teams. We witnessed diving plays, incredible 3rd to 1st put-outs, accurate throws from the outfield and incredible “situational awareness” by both teams.
In the final inning, Berlin appeared to be completely out of the game, faced with a score of 8-1 and 1 out recorded. Bats started heating up and gaps were found, and before we knew it, a comeback was being formed. Lower Sussex continued to play phenomenal defense – and consistently kept the ball in front of the player. Berlin wasn’t given any extra bases, and over-throws simply didn’t happen.
With the go-ahead runner on third, Berlin was able to produce a base hit, upsetting a very talented and well coached Lower Sussex team.
My hat goes off to ALL teams and coaching staffs for their performances in our tournament. We witnessed some great baseball this weekend and I’m proud of every player that participated.
1st Place – Berlin
2nd Place – Lower Sussex
1st Place Consolation Bracket – Delmar Blue
2nd Place Consolation Bracket – East Wicomico
A HUGE thank you to Jakob Brooks, Trevor Owens and Tyler Owens for their help picking up trash, raking and lining the fields and being great representatives of Willards Little League during the Father’s day tournament. They worked without pay and gave up their weekend to help make the tournament a huge success. Thanks guys!
East Wicomico Little League will be hosting their annual hitting derby this Sunday, June 21st (Father’s Day) from 12pm – 4pm at the Shorebirds Stadium. All proceeds will benefit the East Wicomico Little League. Players and parents from age 4 – 99 are welcome to come out and participate! The donation will be $10 for 8 swings for players and $20 for 8 swings for adults.
*Only tennis shoes will be allowed on the field – no cleats!
Snow Hill High School will be hosting their Softball Summer Camp again this year. The camp will feature Special Guests this year including Karlie Smith from East Carolina University Softball and Sara Welch from Stevenson University Softball. The fee will be $40 and all proceeds benefit Snow Hill High School softball program.
Grades 3-6 will be 5-7pm on June 22nd and 24th
Grades 7-9 will be 5-7pm on June 23rd and 25th
Camp will be held at John Walter Smith Park
Fee will be $50 with all proceeds benefiting the Snow Hill High School softball program.
Camp will cover all aspects of softball.
For more details contact
Allen Welch 410-430-1725
David Hall 410-430-0646
Willards Little League held 2 separate fundraisers for Rhyne Taylor, an 11 year old softball player in our Major League division diagnosed with a brain tumor in April.
Our first fundraiser was a silent auction held during our annual Hitting Derby fund raiser. The auction consisted of over 75 donated items from both individuals and local businesses and had close to 200 participants placing at least one bid. In addition to the auction, Scouts and parents from Pittsville’s Pack 834 sold baked goods throughout the day, surprising everyone with their success.
Our second fund raiser was selling tickets, preparing, cooking and serving chicken platter meals consisting of a bbq half chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, chips and a roll. With your help, our league sold over 200 platters!
I’m so proud of our league! Through these fundraisers, we showed that we are more than just a baseball and softball league… we’re a community. We came together and selflessly donated our time, efforts, auction items and money to help ease any financial burdens the Taylor’s may face in the near future by raising a total of $4,862!!!
I recently visited the Taylors and am happy to report that Rhyne is doing great. She is doing her best to get back to school, but missed last week due to her first round of chemotherapy. Rhyne will continue chemotherapy treatments for the near future through a port she had placed in early May. Rhyne was in great spirits, looked awesome, and was full of smiles.
As our season comes to an end, please continue to keep the Rhyne and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
Ashley and Bryand Jones
Doug and Jenny Lewis
John and Shannon Tatum
Brandon and the entire White Family
Greenwood Fire Department
On Saturday, May 30th, Willards Little League enjoyed a night out with the Shorebirds. Before the game started, our players participated in a parade around the field as parents and fans cheered them on.
After our players left the field and headed back to their seats, Isiah Jones from the Dodgers was asked to head out to the pitcher’s mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch! Although we didn’t advertise this as a reward for the hitting derby, Isiah went above and beyond during his fundraising efforts – raising over $500 by himself!!! Isiah did a great job and threw a perfect change-up right over the plate! Way to go Isiah!
After the first pitch, Isiah rejoined his Dodgers teammates just in time to take the field with the Shorebirds as their reward for raising the most money as a team.
Even though the Shorebirds lost, everyone had a great time and enjoyed a spectacular fireworks show!
You need tickets, and we’ve got them!
Our concession stand will be selling tickets for several future events! Tickets for the Shorebirds night and Applebee’s breakfast may sell out, so make sure you get your tickets tonight!
Rhyne Taylor’s Chicken Barbeque Fund Raiser
When: Pickup is at 11:00am on Saturday, May 30th at the park.
Details: Rhyne Taylor is an 11 yr old softball player in Willards that was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Taylor family. This will be our second fund raiser for the Taylor family – our first being the silent auction and bake sale.
Willards Shorebirds Night
When: Saturday, May 30th Players should arrive by 6:15pm.
Details: This is our league’s Shorebird night! Players should come dressed in their team shirt and hat (no cleats) and will get to walk the field during the pre-game parade. For raising the most money during the hitting derby, our very own Dodgers will get to take the field with the Shorebirds players!
When: Sunday June 7th from 8am – 10am
Details: Enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast out with your family and let the Willards Little League Managers and Board Members be your servers! Be sure to invite grandparents, friends and other family members!
On May 17th, Willards Little League headed up to see the Orioles take on the Angels at Camden Yards. Our very own Rhyne Taylor took to the field prior to the start of the game and received our “Heavy Hitter” award!
The weather was beautiful as we watched our new rookie pitcher, Mike Wright, do a fantastic job of keeping the Angels scoreless. in all, Willards Little League had over 350 people participate!
Unfortunately, the camera’s memory chip that took many of the family photos seems to be corrupt. Numerous attempts to retrieve the photos and videos taken have failed. If you have pictures of the day’s event, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get them posted. Thank you to Shannon Tatum for your efforts in getting this day organized!