Although there are six All-Stars tournaments that go on during this time of year — one already completed (9-year-olds) and the other already beyond district competition (seniors) — there is only one that captures the attention of the nation.
The 12-Year-Old All-Stars tournament, known as Majors, is the one in which Little Leaguers can fulfill their dream of playing in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Accordingly, we are taking a closer look at each of the four Little Leagues within our coverage area — all of which will be competing against one another in the District 14 tournament.
Manager: Michael Skaling
Coaches: Tambria Naginey, Ken Concepcion
Dugout digest: “They’re all experienced — these are 12-year-olds that have been playing since they were 4 or 5 years old. … We’re carrying 14 kids and of them, I’ve got 13 that probably will pitch — and my 14th could pitch if I needed him to.” — Manager Michael Skaling
Roster: Bottom row, from left: Michael DeGeorge, Tyrell Nourse, Bailey Chumbley, Shane Skaling, Aidan Ray and Brandon Correia. Top row, from left: Logan Cornstubble, Connor Kristofik, Caitlyn Naginey, Walker Adlam and Akash Shah. Not pictured: Ken Concepcion Jr., A.J. Cullen and Gabriel Castro.
Windermere — American
Manager: Mark Lewis
Coaches: Jerome Naso, Freddy Flynn
Dugout digest: “The kids are all really good kids. … Our chances, I think, are very high — we have a lot of pitching. … The 13 players we have are very solid kids. (We have) pitching and our hitting is phenomenal.” — Manager Mark Lewis
Roster: Owen Flynn, Justin “J.T.” Lewis, Aidan Hanson, Michael Chylinski, Brandon Weems, Nicholas Naso, Thomas Nikhazy, Ben Murrell, Ethan Lewandowski, Ricky Reeth, Jayson Kowalski, Carson Lewis, Cade Rutherford
Manager: Josh Hood
Coaches: Taylor Stevens, C.J. Jones, Kevin Brong
Dugout digest: “The past couple weeks, they’ve really just come together. They know the reason that we’re here. They realized when you’re on the team, it’s a brotherhood — you’re there for him and he’s there for you.” — Manager Josh Hood
Roster: Bottom row, from left: John Sing, Drew Brown, Joey Schaefer, D.J. Ford, Ryan Brong and Evan King. Middle row, from left: Justin Frias, Brandon Steele, Canaan Mobley, Kai Knudholt, Ari Varner and Justin Godek. Not pictured: Billy Wilson.
Windermere — National
Manager: Bob Dickerson
Coaches: Avery Goldberg, Tony Taylor
Dugout digest: “We’re considered, actually, the underdog team (from Windermere) — which I love. Who doesn’t love an underdog? These guys, we’re trying to put together a team of synergy … we’re hoping to take it all the way with a theme of synergy behind us.” — Manager Bob Dickerson
Roster: Bottom row, from left: Luke Dickerson, Joe Taylor, Tyler Goldberg (bat boy), Remington Colon, Roric Maday and Jacob Freeman. Second row, from left: Ethan Goldberg, Adam Gilder, Ryan Bacica, Buddy Pagliuca and Grant Batten. Not pictured: Ryan Stephen, Cole Nabavi, Noah Ellenback and Weston Wall.
Manager: Dennis Pope
Coaches: Bill Kamaka, John Houde
Dugout digest: “Most of these kids have been together since they were 7 or 8 years old — either playing with each other or against each other. It’s an unbelievable roster. There’s a lot of familiarity.” — Manager Dennis Pope
Roster: Max Cutts, Chase Dunlap, Max Fishman, Michael Furry, Cole Hallman, Grant Houde, Nicholas Ierubino, Travis Jordan, Titan Kamaka, Kaden Lucas, Noah Sullivan, Nicholas Walzak, Mason Wilson
IF YOU GO
District 14 12-Year-Old All-Stars Tournament
Winter Garden Little League
420 S. Park Avenue (between Story Road and Plant Street on the east side of the road)
Play begins: 6 p.m., July 6
Championship: 11 a.m. July 12 (tentative rainout days include July 13 to 15)
MONDAY, JULY 6
6 p.m. — Dr. Phillips vs South Lake - Am.
6:30 p.m. — Windermere - Am. vs Ocoee
8 p.m. — Windermere - Nat. vs Winter Garden
off: South Lake - Nat.
TUESDAY, JULY 7
6 p.m. — Dr. Phillips vs Ocoee
6:30 p.m. — Windermere - Nat vs South Lake - Am
8 p.m. — South Lake - Nat vs Windermere - Am
off: Winter Garden
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8
6 p.m. — Winter Garden vs South Lake - Nat.
6:30 p.m. — Windermere - Am. vs Dr. Phillips
off: Windermere - Nat., Ocoee, South Lake - Am.
THURSDAY, JULY 9
6 p.m. — Dr. Phillips vs South Lake - Nat.
6:30 p.m. — Windermere Nat. vs Ocoee
8 p.m. — South Lake - Am. vs Winter Garden
off: Windermere - Am.
FRIDAY, JULY 10
6 p.m. — South Lake - Nat. vs Windermere - Nat.
6:30 p.m. — Winter Garden vs Ocoee
8 p.m. South Lake - Am. vs Windermere - Am.
SATURDAY, JULY 11
10 a.m. — Semifinal: No. 4 seed vs No. 1 seed
10:30 a.m. — Semifinal: No. 3 seed vs No. 2 seed
SUNDAY, JULY 12
11 a.m. — Championship
Winner advances to Section 5 Tournament — July 17 to 19 at St. Cloud