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Palm Coast Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015 3 years ago

Palm Coast All-stars: Job well done

They may have lost at the state tournament, but the All-Stars put together a historic season.
by: Jeff Dawsey Sports Editor

The Palm Coast Little League All-stars failed to win either of their three games at the State of Florida Little League tournament this past weekend in Tallahassee, but they still returned as winners and history makers.

In addition to the District 19 championship, The All-stars became the first Palm Coast team to win a sectional title, and they returned from the Florida Little League tournament as the eighth best team in the state.

"Our team did not win games at the state tournament, but it was the first time Palm Coast was there. All the other leagues had been there before," Coach Doug Berryhill said. "Every inning, every pitch, every play our boys competed as hard as they could. We were not perfect, but our coaches and supporters could not have been more proud of the boys."

While the kids desired better results, they never ceased to play hard and exhibit good sportsmanship. During a stretched rain delay and muddy diamond, the All-stars lined up against their opponents and decided to entertain fans and onlookers with a dance-off. Both teams performed classic and modern dances to MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This."

The also got a team picture with Dick Vitale, the famous college basketball broadcaster and Little League Hall of Famer.

The state tournament taught us about the level you have to play at to be able to compete, and we taught the state tournament about how to play hard no matter the score, how to compete with class, and how to have the most fun possible at a special event.," Berryhill said. "We will watch with joy as they continue to grow as baseball players and young men."

"Our team embraced the concept of 14 playing as one. Put the team before yourself, be a brother to your teammates, give all you got and then love the experience. It was a summer to remember for the 2015 PCLL 12-year-old tournament team."-Doug Berryhill



Donnie Little
Coach Doug Berryhill
Dylan Rodriguez takes batting signals from coach Kyle Berryhill.
Chance Barber
League Treasurer Fred Lewers gets an up-close look of the All-stars.
Coach Kyle Berryhill
Logan Ewbank and John Clark discuss the pitching strategy in between innings.
Logan Ewbank
Miles Jackson
Nathan Quinn
Tate Underberg
Bobby Orndorff
Logan Ewbank
Nathan Quinn catches a long fly-ball in the outfield.
Donnie Little
John Clark and Chance Barber
Coach Pete Celestino fist pumps the players after the game.


Jeff Dawsey began his professional journalism career and his Observer employment in August of 2014. He is currently the Palm Coast and Ormond Beach Sports Editor, and he also writes business for just Palm Coast. In 2014, he graduated from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville...

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