- July 18, 2019
UPDATE: The Windermere Little League 12U softball team just won states with a 15-0 win over Elm Street LL, and will be heading to the Southeast Region Tournament in Warner Robins, Georgia. The tournament will take place from July 23-29.
They say good things often come in waves, and that’s the case when it comes to the All-Star season for Windermere Little League.
In the span of just two days, the league saw two of its softball teams take home titles of their very own.
On Saturday, July 6, the Windermere Little League 12U All-Stars dominated Oviedo in a big 12-0 win to seal up the Section 5 title.
“It feels good to finally play,” said Rex Smith, head coach of the 12U team. “We’ve been working hard since June 1 with the team and everybody else has played, so really we were the last ones out on the field.
“This isn’t what we are playing for (to win our section) — we play to get back to the state tournament and change the outcome from last year,” he said.
The state tournament last year was unkind to both the 11U and 12U teams, as each lost in the championship game — ending their seasons.
But this year is new, and things looked really good for the 12s through sectional play at their home field.
In its first game on Saturday morning, the 12U team lit up the scoreboard against South Orange, taking an easy 23-0 victory before facing off against Oviedo — a game that took a while to get started up.
After strong storms moved through the area, the field was flooded badly. It would take an hour of work to get it playable.
“I was just glad we got the game in — it was awesome,” Smith said. “We had probably 10 people — coaches from the other team and people from the stands- jumping onto the field to get it (dried). That’s what Little League is all about.”
Despite the delay, WLL came out and dominated from the get-go, as it scored three runs through the first two innings. What followed was an explosion of seven runs in the third to make it 10-0 WLL. WLL would put up two more runs to make it 12-0 and mercy rule Oviedo in four innings of play.
While the 12U team will have a few days to soak in the win, it’ll have a quick turnaround as it travels to Port St. Lucie this upcoming weekend — July 12-14 — to take part in the state tournament.
The Windermere Little League 11U All-Stars stormed its way to a Florida state softball title this weekend in St. Pete, after a close 4-0 blanking of the Brevard All-Stars (of Viera Suntree Little League) on Sunday, July 7.
The 11s kicked off pool play in the tournament on Saturday, July 6, with a 24-0 walloping of Golden Gate. The win would be followed by a 23-1 victory over Palm Coast later in the evening. Palm Coast’s lone run would be the only run scored against WLL.
After the perfect 2-0 start in pool play, the 11U team was matched up with the Pool B winners in Brevard All-Stars. At the time, the Brevard All-Stars had only given up a single run all tournament, as well.
Despite the offensive explosions for the Brevard All-Stars throughout the tournament, the WLL 11U team came in and clamped down — holding Brevard scoreless.
Up next for the 11U All-Stars is the Tournament of State Champions that will take place from July 19-24 in Clarksville, Tennessee.