The Norwalk 9U District All Stars had a very EXCITING, FUN summer and an unbelievably successful season. With a team that consisted of 12 players (8 nine year old’s & 4 eight year old’s) that had not played with each other and some players not knowing each other, we quickly clicked together becoming a "Baseball Family". From our very first practice I could see that the talent and ability was there and as our season progressed, it was proven. I couldn't be prouder of this group of young ballplayers.
The 9s started of the season by competing in The Al Leonard (Jimmy Fund) Tournament where they lost our opening round game to New Canaan 8-2 before reeling off 5 consecutive wins to put us in the championship game against New Canaan. We finished as the runner up. Then on to Districts. Once again facing a very talented New Canaan team we unfortunately took another loss from them and went on to face Stratford in the second round of play. Down 5-1 with 2 outs in the 6th, the kids fought back hard and were able to grab a 6-5 victory putting us in the loser’s bracket final against Greenwich. It was a close game and once again the kids battled and came out on top with a 5-3 victory sending us back to a championship game against New Canaan who came out victorious leaving us runner’s up. Although runner up, we qualified for State Tournament play hosted in Danbury. The games were back and forth, and we ended up with a 2-2 record and finishing 4th in the State of Connecticut ending our Tournament Trail.
With our tournament trail over we moved on to our Extreme League play to finish up the summer. We finished the regular season of Extreme League with a 2-4 record and squeaked into the playoffs as the 7th seed of an 8-team single elimination bracket. Round 1 we faced a Fairfield American team that had beaten us 8-7 earlier in the season. The kids did not forget about the loss to them as they came out fired up and ready to play. We had their number this time and pulled of the upset by knocking out the #2 seed 8-1. Taking down Fairfield American it now put us up against the #1 seed Danbury. Danbury beat us 3 straight times in the extreme league play, but we were able to knock them out when it counted most in the Jimmy Fund and State Tournaments. It appeared to be anyone’s game going in. Once again, the kids were fired up and determined to beat them when it counted which they did by a score of 9-3. With the victory we now moved on to the championship game against #3 seeded Bethel Kasack. With strong pitching, timely hitting, smart base running and a mistake free game Norwalk 9U came out crowned as the 2018 Extreme League Champions with a 5-0 shutout. It was a great run and it was an absolute PERFECT ending to an awesome season.
Jimmy Fund Tournament – Runner-Up
District Tournament – Runner-Up
State Tournament – 4th in the State of CT
Extreme League Tournament– 2018 Champions
All in all, the kids had a tremendous experience, a great season and most of all, they had FUN!!!
For the season as a team we batted an astonishing .435 plating us 165 runs in 25 games and finished the season 14-11.
Thank you to my assistant coaches, David Harry & Chris Monti for all your effort and dedication. All the batting practices, sliding practice, teaching the kids the fundamentals, and your time put in. I would also like to thank Cam Rice & Jake Sweeters for your time put in during practices and pregame warmups. Couldn't have done it without all of you guys.
Finally, I would like to personally THANK all the parents & families for all your time and sacrifices getting the kids to practice and games and all your support/cheering from the sidelines.
Big congratulations to the 2018 Norwalk 9U District Allstar Team!!!
#16 Timothy “Hot Wheels” Thornley
#24 Joey “Beats” Couch”
#17 Jaxon “King Jax” Ermo
#22 Jason “Freckles” Dize
#8 Alex “Einstein” DeLuca
#11 Jakob “Sweets” Sweeters
#7 Michael “Hammer” Harry
#2 Emmett “Deuce” Rice
#99 Ryan “Beast” Monti
#34 Holden “Mr. July” LeGette
#13 Ethan “Boobah” Vega
#9 Justin “Juice” Ayala
Thank you to all the players for making my summer a memorable one for the ages.
Coach Todd Ermo