HEUVELTON - Hillary Clinton adapted a book from the Africian proverb It Takes a Village To Raise A Child.
The theme was very prominent on Wednesday evening during the 2013 Kiwanis Junior Softball Playoff Championship game at Heuvelton Central School pitting the regular season champions AmVets of Heuvelton and Julies Dance Studio.
Heuvelton AmVets took a 12-3 win and if you drove your vehicle into the parking lot it looked like Yankee Stadium as fans - young and old - were there to cheer on their favorite team.
I glanced up in like the fourth inning and just stared at the crowd. Then I gathered the team when we went into field and said look, look at the crowd. It is amazing and they are here to see you kids play. Go have fun and enjoy the moment, quipped AmVets Head Coach Tony Williams who was quick to mention the outstanding organization skills of Kiwanis Baseball-Softball chair Larry Mitchell, Softball Commissioner Angela Maroney, every coach in the league, the umpires and community including the school district to make youth sports happen.
Mr. Mitchell does so much work behind the scenes for the love of the game. Tonight, we had two very talented teams that have came a long way since early May. Julies Dance just never quit playing which is great to see as a coach. They should be very proud. Speaking of my team, two years ago this team was young and inexperienced but we have improved together so much in the last two years. Without Coach Charlie McCormick, Mark Henry and Jody Ladouceur and their hard work we wouldnt have accomplished this. Each player worked extremely hard to improve. It takes a community to raise a child.
Kelsey Williams and Emma Ladouceur pitched the win striking out 15 and surrendering just three first inning runs.
For Julies, Hailey Reed had a single in the second inning and Jordan Sweeney lined a single in the fifth. Olivia McRoberts, Teegan Bell and Samarra LaFlair each posted RBIs while Kelsi Fraser, Rileigh Planty, and Natalie Crofut each scored. Sweeney and Fraser made good plays at thirdbase and secondbase.
After Julies Dance scored three runs in the first inning, the AmVets answered with three runs in the first, two in the second and third and five in the fifth.
Rayna Cameron led off with a triple for AmVets. Molly Williams and Kelsey Williams followed with RBI singles.
In the second, Alexa Kiah, who was complimented by Coach Williams for a solid offensive effort, delivered a RBI double scoring Josie Carter and Yelena Jaquith plated a run with a single.
Molly Williams supplied a two-run single in the third scoring Amber Cunningham and Cameron.
AmVets broke open the game with five in the fifth as Cyrea McNamara drove in a run with a one out single and Emily Streeter had an RBI single.
Molly Williams stroked three singles while Cameron added a triple and a single and scored three times and Kiah chipped in a double and a single and scored twice. McNamara, Jaquith and Kelsey Williams each drilled two singles and Chloe Combs and Emily Streeter, added a single. Cunningham scored twice.
Celia Henry, Josie Carter, Grace Mills, Kailey House, Ladoucuer, and Madison McCormick also contributed to the win. Also playing well for Julies Dance were: Siarra LaFlair, Claire Rishe, Sadie ONeill, Aubrey Love, and Taylor Bell.
Red Devils Take Third
In the consolation game, Hammond won a 6-3 decision over Blue Heron.
Hannah Tanner delivered a three-run triple and Taylor Arquitt and Alvia Crosby each produced two hits to back winning pitchers Taylor Arquitt, Alecia Parrow and Morgan Howie. Howie, Haley Cunningham, Savannah Rathbun and Riley Martiri each singled with Kelsey Bennett played excellent defense along with Parrow, Arquitt and Tanner.
Morgan Macaulay, Sidney Johnson and Adrianna Parks each singled for Blue Heron. Macaulay played excellent defense with Natalie McCormick, Johnson and Courtney Baker pitching well.
KUDOS: Kiwanis Baseball-Softball Chairman Larry Mitchell expressed his thanks for Angela Maroney for her volunteering as both director and coach this season. Kiwanis has 500 participants in Tee-Ball through Grasshopper Baseball and Junior Softball. Without Angela and the many coaches this program wouldnt be where it is today. Also I want to thank the parents for allowing their children to participate. Our softball program has grown so much in the past three-four years. said Mitchell.