Softball and baseball teams from Windermere Little League had success this past weekend at state and sectional tournaments.
For the second consecutive year, the Florida Little League Softball Minors (ages 8-10) State Champion is Windermere Little League.
The young ladies from Windermere closed the three-day event in Tampa with a pair of exciting, one-run wins July 7 and July 8 — against Viera Suntree and Inverness by scores of 4-3 and 5-4, respectively.
Afterward, manager Mark Wolsonovich praised the total-team effort that got Windermere over the hump to win the State of Florida Championship and headed to the Southeast Regional in Tennessee.
“I’ve never been a part of a team where all 13 girls contributed — everybody contributed,” Wolsonovich said. “All 13 girls did something to win those games.”
The team has one returning player from last year’s team that won the state championship — Ariana Lara — with the rest of the members of that team moving on to either the 11-year-old or 12-year-old teams this summer.
Windermere moves on to the Tournament of State Champions, beginning July 20 in Clarksville, Tenn. With this being the final stop for this particular age group, Wolsonovich hopes his girls will embrace the opportunity and have some fun.
“That’s final level — the pressure is off,” he said. “We just go out there and let them play.”
The Windermere Little League Minors Softball team includes Alex Wolsonovich, Ariana Lara, Riley Winters, Savvy Sotto, Lizzie Ozim, Mackenzie Duncan, Carlee Fitch, Faith Fazzone, Delaney Crockett, Danika Spinogatti, Sarah Vance, Katherine Johnson and Addison Walker.
Majors softball wins section
The Windermere Little League Softball Majors (ages 11-12) All-Stars team will get a chance to match its Minors counterpart when it heads to Fort Myers for the State of Florida Championship, beginning July 13.
To get there, the team of mostly 12-year-olds from Windermere won the Section 5 Tournament this past weekend, which it also hosted.
The team includes Avery Wilson, Cami Pini, Riley Johnson, Tabitha Perry, Shae Steenbergh, Gabby Campopiano, Abby Contreras, Lauren Rifenberg, Jewels Perez, Cynthia Cummings, Piper Hofmann and Lexi King.
Majors baseball moves on to state
The Windermere girls weren’t alone in having some success this past weekend.
The Windermere Little League Majors All-Stars baseball team won all three games it played this past weekend at the Section 5 Tournament, hosted by Dr. Phillips Little League. The boys from WLL defeated Maitland, Delaney Park and South Orange.
Now, the team will advance to the State of Florida Championship beginning July 20 at Keystone Little League in Tampa.
The team includes Chance Barnes, Davis Goodlatte, Derek Lopez, Nicolas Mujica, R.J. Ruiz, Donald Steward, Tyler Wall, Henry Davis, Maxwell Hurd, Dominic Madrid, Oscar Perez, Aseny Stefanos, Carson Toughey and Jack Waller.