South Baltimore Little League’s 11U Team Wins District Championship

| June 30, 2022 | 0 Comments

The South Baltimore Little League 11U team won the District 4 Championship on Wednesday. The 11U team defeated Greenbelt 19-5 in the championship game. It was South Baltimore Little League 11U’s first district championship since 2017.

District 4 includes teams from Baltimore City and parts of Baltimore County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and Prince George’s County.

From South Baltimore Little League:

11u South Baltimore All-Stars comes out swinging and knocks Greenbelt 11u All-Stars off to win District 4 Championship 19-5 in 5 innings.

Greenbelt, having just beat Arbutus Tuesday in a marathon 8 inning 2-day game to advance to the championship round, needed to beat South Baltimore twice to win the tournament. Greenbelt previously lost to South Baltimore 9-4 on Saturday.

South Baltimore swung the bats well and it showed with leadoff batter Sean McMahon leading the assault and going 5 for 5. The team as whole had 17 hits and two doubles, and several stolen bases.

Starting Pitcher Kai Ely threw 3 1/3 innings and had 8 strikeouts and only allowed 4 hits. Oliver Henry came in to close out the game and didn’t allow any runs on 3 hits.

The team worked hard in the heat, and they are ready to go to the state tournament in Arbutus starting July 16.

The 10U team made it to the District 4 Championship before losing to South Maryland (Davidsonville).

From South Baltimore Little League:

“Remember the experience, it’s just as valuable as the result.”

That was the message to the 10U South Baltimore Little League team after they fell to the Southern Maryland LL team in the Championship round of the District 4 tournament. South Baltimore tied the score at 4 going into the bottom of the 2nd but that was the last time it was tied. At the plate Jack Teresi scored 2 R and Cam Stoner paced the team with 2 RBIs. Cam, Henry Blood and Kaden Kulesz each tied for the team lead with hits. From the first day of assessments it was a great experience for these young men and the Coaches want to thank all of the players and their families for one heck of a ride!

South Baltimore 10U’s last district championship was in 1993.

The tournament will start for the South Baltimore 12u team on July 5th in Davidsonville. This age group competes for the Little League World Series that ends in Williamsport, PA.

South Baltimore Little League Information Officer Bailey Jenkins told SouthBMore.com that tournament games at South Baltimore Little League drew crowds as large as 200.

Jenkins told SouthBMore.com that South Baltimore Little League “has a good thing going right now, but we know we have a lot of room for improvement.”

She noted a lot of players are opting to play for South Baltimore Little League as opposed to travel teams.

“We have to put out a good product so they keep going,” said Jenkins.

The league had a higher than expected turnout this year for tee ball which was part of the reason it added a coach pitch division as a transition between tee ball and machine pitch. She also noted South Baltimore Little League saw a “huge influx” of players from Canton and other city neighborhoods this year.

Jenkins said a lot of volunteers who wanted to see some changes in the league have stepped up in recent years. She also said the league is seeing a lot of coaches returning each year.

Brendan O’Brien stepped in as President this year after Quinn Hren stepped down after 30 years with the league. Matt Blood, who is the director of player development for the Baltimore Orioles, and Kenny Kulesz are the new coaching coordinators for South Baltimore Little League. This year the league implemented weekly skills practices each week for the different age levels.

“I’m thrilled with the direction we are taking, focusing on fundamentals from the ground up. The sense of volunteerism is really lifting up the league,” said O’Brien. “We have some really bright days coming in my opinion.”  

O’Brien said the league is starting to have a need for additional fields and is looking at options in South Baltimore.

South Baltimore Little League is hoping to add a softball division next year. The league is also looking to add the Intermediate Division for 12- and 13-year-old players. The league will also have fall baseball this year.

Photo of the 10U team from South Baltimore Little League 

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