Martinez-Evans Little League teams still going strong

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 2:55 PM
Last updated Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:25 AM
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After winning their state tournaments, the journey continues for two Martinez-Evans Little League teams.

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Special Photo  The 10-11 year old All-Stars from Martinez Evans Little League defeated Dudley Little League from Dublin, Ga. to win the state title. Players and coaches are Preston Price (front, from left) and Connor Boan; Drew Proctor Middle row, from left), Brian Peel, Trevor Creagan, Antwuan Rolling, Grant Fuller, Camrin Dunbar, Blake Ticker, John D'Amelio, Josa Melton and Avery Boyd; coach Woodie Melton (back row, from left), manager Robert Peel and coach Joe D'Amelio.
Special Photo The 10-11 year old All-Stars from Martinez Evans Little League defeated Dudley Little League from Dublin, Ga. to win the state title. Players and coaches are Preston Price (front, from left) and Connor Boan; Drew Proctor Middle row, from left), Brian Peel, Trevor Creagan, Antwuan Rolling, Grant Fuller, Camrin Dunbar, Blake Ticker, John D'Amelio, Josa Melton and Avery Boyd; coach Woodie Melton (back row, from left), manager Robert Peel and coach Joe D'Amelio.

The 10-11 All-Stars advanced to their final destination, the Southeast Regional in Greenville, N.C., which runs from Saturday to Wednesday. The All-Stars open play at 12:45 p.m. Saturday against Virginia.

The 15-16 Senior League team is hoping to advance to the World Series in Bangor, Maine, in mid-August. First, however, it will have to get through the field in the Southeast Regional in DeBary, Fla., which runs Aug. 2-6.

Half of the 10-11 team has played together for the past three summers on teams all coached by Robert Peel, the 10-11 head coach.

“This team has gelled,” said Peel, whose squad outscored opponents 53-11 in the state competition. “We’ve added a couple of players and it’s the best by far.“

Four of his players– Trevor Creagan, Grant Fuller, Joshua Melton and Brian Peel – played on the Columbia County team that advanced to the Dixie Youth World Series a year ago and created history this year.

“It’s the first time a 10-11 year-old team has won the state from Martinez-Evans,” Peel said. “It’s a historic moment in our 40 seasons
of play.”

The senior team rolled through the state tournament unscathed. It dominated the competition, outscoring opponents 54-3.

The junior team, coached by current senior team skipper Matt Brosious, won the state title and was region runners-up in 2011. Current players Tyler Avrett, Kyle Cartledge, Evan Krenz, Elliot Melton, Jose Nogueras and Luke Wiles, were all part of that 2011 team.

“I think the guys are feeling loose and pretty confident at the same time,” Brosious said. “Some of the guys have experienced what it’s like to go to a regional before, so for some of them it’s not anything new.”

“Moving forward it’s going to be continuing to pitch well, continuing to play good defense, but also the little things like baserunning, being able to bunt when you need to,” Brosious said. “The little things we necessarily haven’t had to do too much of because we’ve been able to get up by a number of runs.”

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christricia
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christricia 07/24/13 - 09:00 pm
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You are mistaken

Hi... I am a parent of a player for the Senior MELL Allstars. I have been at each game these boys have played. I am confident that the "bad" comment is mistaken. I pray that another team would not bash a team out of jealousy or bad sportsmanship however I cant understand who or why someone would say such things. This team (parents included) has been nothing but respectful throughout these tournaments. Each of these boys and parents should be very proud of their talents, hard work, determination, and sportsmanship. I am truly sorry you were misinformed about this team but make no mistake, these boys deserve to be seen as a GREAT team with GREAT attitudes. I myself am so proud of each of them and their efforts. On the field and in the community. Their hard work at Elm Croft Senior Living Center building a raised garden for the residents and their continued team support. God has had a hand over these boys and will continue to guide them. We will continue to pray for the team that misinformed you. Have a Blessed Day.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 07/25/13 - 04:58 am
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I knew I should have included

I knew I should have included this in my first comment....I am confident the comments made to me by my friends were not made out of jealousy or spite. Even though this doesn't preclude them from erring, my friend is a respected physician and deacon, and his wife is involved with the children's ministry at their church as well as part of their pastor-search committee. So, they are well-grounded people who know sarcasm and ridicule when they hear it.
Be that as it may, things happen in life that serve to open our eyes to things that we may be unable to see ourselves. Maybe something was said...maybe??...that you didn't hear or see and this was God's way for someone to make that correction. I mean, I've never been to one of your baseball games and my friends live many, many miles away, so how else do you explain this ultimate exchange in this forum?
As far as fault, kids will be kids, no matter how well their parents or coaches team them. We are talking about teenaged boys who are used to competition and "banter".
I thank you for your response, and I hope the other team-moms exhibit your same behavior.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/25/13 - 05:31 am
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Having a son who played

Having a son who played Columbia County youth baseball, high school and college ball, I can't tell you the times I heard fans of the losing team complain about "sportsmanship." Heck, I was at the Greenbrier-Hardaway state championship game a few years back and their fans were seriously talking about a lawsuit against Greenbrier when they fell behind.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/25/13 - 08:05 am
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Coached MELL. Kids greats. Parents & leadership = terrible
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Coached MELL. Kids greats. Parents & leadership = terrible

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