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Congrats to Adam’s Little League Team!
In addition to “coaching” the team at Prism Content Solutions, Adam also coaches his local Little League team. This past season, they won the state championship! Here’s the scoop. (Special thanks to our friend LeGette for writing the press release!)
Northwood Little League Sweeps Winners Bracket at Coaches Pitch State Championship
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Northwood “Blue” had the winning touch Sunday, sweeping both of the final games in the Coaches Pitch Little League State Championship in Irmo, South Carolina.
The team scored a 4-3 win in the final inning over Irmo “Green,” the home team in the Coaches Pitch Division, which featured eight champions from both Upper and Lower South Carolina state tournaments. Northwood Blue advanced to the final game after a decisive, 11-1 victory over the Easley All-Star team, who was runner-up in the Upper State divisionals held at Corey Burns Park in Taylors last weekend.
The team was dominant in all aspects of play, going 14-1 over the last three weeks of tournament action. “The strength of this team was our defense,” said Coach Adam Shirley. “We held our opponents to less than three runs per game.”
His analysis is correct: in 15 games, Northwood scored 210 runs and held its opponents to just 41. The team, made up of twelve boys ages 7 and 8, swept the tournament season, claiming the District 7 Championship in Blue Ridge, Upper State in Taylors, and finally the coveted State Championship title in Irmo over the weekend.
Irmo was scoreless until the third when it plated two runs with two outs. They went ahead in the fourth, but Northwood took another step in its title defense as Ben Lumsden, David Mershon, and Blake Shirley anchored a 6-4-3 double play. John Pestrak, Ben Lumsden and Blake London drilled three doubles, and Northwood stayed in the winners with a come-from-behind, one-run victory in the final inning. Blake London hit a walk-off, winning ball that drove Zack Fahr — and the winning run — home.
“The boys were a very coachable group,” says Shirley. “They had a passion for the game, a competitive spirit, and a winning attitude. They played as a team and improved week-to-week. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”