WEST ORANGE — In a dominant showing against South Lake Little League’s American team, the Windermere - National 11-Year-Old All-Stars team won the Florida District 14 championship on Wednesday evening, 13-1.
Windermere started ahead and never looked back. Will Ross pitched three complete innings before being relieved by Tracey Mitchem in the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the fourth South Lake looked to be rallying, putting one run on the board. They were unable to score enough runs to avoid the mercy rule, though, ending the contest.
While the kids enjoyed their district championship victory that evening, they are also preparing to look ahead to the Section 5. That tournament is July 10-12 at Azalea Park Little League.
Assistant coach Rob Mitchem said that over the past seven games, the team has identified things to work on and improved.
“Early in the tournament our bats were a little cold,” Mitchem said. “These last two games — especially in the semifinal and the final — we really hit the ball and it showed on the scoreboard.”
Preparing for the coming games, head coach Brian Paulsen said that the boys are going to continue to practice and work as a team.
“I think we really focused on sportsmanship and trying to balance everyone’s experience and provide a good experience for everyone while representing the league in a positive manner,” he said. “We have a really good group of 12 kids that are exceptional athletes.”