[r54] Rep. Saunders recognizes New Castle Little League success with resolution (2/18/2013)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Start Date: 2/18/2013 All Day

STATEHOUSE – Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) recognized the New Castle Little League on the team’s victories and fine showing in the 2012 Little League Baseball World Series with a resolution in the Indiana House of Representatives on Monday.

“The young men from New Castle showed great strength and tenacity in overcoming all of the obstacles that led them to the Little League World Series,” said Rep. Saunders. “Their extraordinary dedication and talent was inspiring to all.”

The New Castle Little League competed in the 66th Little League Baseball World Series, for 11 and 12 year olds, last August in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania with 16 teams vying for the World Champion title. 
They won their first trip to the Little League Baseball World Series with a 6-5 victory over Warren County Southern Little League, Bowling Green, Ky., to win the Great Lakes Region Tournament.

While the team showed valiant strength on the field, perhaps their greatest challenges were faced after they laid down their bats. The team took a hard blow in 2011 when long-time coach Danny Smekens lost his fight to cancer. Hardship continued to plague the team when pitcher Bryce Pinkard and his family lost their home to a fire last year. Bryce was the hero when he awoke to discover the fire in his house and was able to get his family to safety.

While the New Castle Little League was unable to advance further than their 4-0 victory against Gresham National Little League from Gresham, Ore., great triumph can be found in their unwavering strength and commitment despite the hardships they faced.

“These young men energized our community,” said Rep. Saunders. “May their success serve as a testament to the creed that hard work and dedication reap great rewards.”