Two years of blood and sweat didn't quite get them where they wanted to be. The tears came Monday, July 23 when the Boardman 12-year-old all stars bowed out of their second state tournament after winning the big game in 2011.
Despite great effort led by 14 homeruns in three games, the all stars who had their sights set on playing in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., came unhinged in Hamilton.
The talented team may have ended their run, but show a record for which Boardman Community Baseball can be proud. Going 28-4 for two seasons, the boys soundly swept District 2 in both 2011 and this season, beating powerhouse programs like Austintown and Howland.
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During the opening ceremony at West Side Little League in Hamilton, district winners from throughout the state paraded onto the field. Boardman’s 12-year-olds won District 2 honors for the second year in a row and won the state tournament in 2011. They were defeated by District 8’s Clyde Little League on Monday, July 23.
Boasting a roster featuring eight pitchers and a strong catcher in Dominic Pecchia, the team also had the bats to match. Only three of the 12-man group ended their Little League careers without having homered in tournament play. They scored 90 runs in only seven tourney games this year, while only allowing 41 opposing runners to cross the plate.