On Opening Day of the 2019 Windsor Little League Spring Season, it was cold and rainy. It was a perfect morning to stay inside but despite the gloomy conditions over 300 t-ball, baseball, and softball players gathered at Poquonock School with their coaches to make the annual march to Jack Welch Field.
The gray day turned bright as a sea of colorful jerseys made its way down Poquonock Ave. Windsor and Bloomfield Fire Departments joined the parade with their firetrucks. Players wore rain boots, instead of cleats. Parents followed the parade closely with umbrellas. The t-ballers could be seen admiring the Windsor High School Baseball team.
The energy and excitement heightened with every step closer to the field. It was Opening Day, after all. A whole season of playing ball was ahead of them. One of our country’s favorite past times would be enjoyed by Windsor’s youth for the next few months. For some players, it was their first time being part of a team. Others were entering the league as veterans; even winners of titles and trophies from previous seasons.
Though the players of Windsor Little League stretch across a wide spectrum of ages and abilities, each player shared one thing in common that day: Anticipation!
The first games of the season would be played that day; the first hot dogs would be eaten; the first National Anthem would be heard; the first announcements would be said; the first pitch; the first hit; the first new friendship; first strike out; first catch…
Opening day, while gray—and eventually very wet and rain soaked, was a great success. Not only did participation far exceed expectations, so did concession sales, vendor sales, and amount of games the teams could actually play before needing to pack it in due to weather.
Opening day’s weather would soon prove to be an accurate preview of the entire season. As teams progressed through the end of April and into May, the amount of games played paled in comparison to the amount of games cancelled, and coaches began to worry about meeting the Little League requirement to qualify for the post season, AKA, All Stars.
But through the worry, and the scramble of scheduling make-up games, they all made it through! In fact, they came out on top!
Windsor Little League, earlier in the year, absorbed Bloomfield Little League, and thanks to the merger, Windsor offered opportunities to 11 Tball teams, 15 Minors teams, 4 Majors teams, 2 Juniors team, and 1 Challenger Team – all a combination of baseball and softball. Among those teams, SIX titles were achieved – something unprecedented and extraordinary.
In all, the following titles were earned:
•North Central CT Baseball League AAA Champions
•Windsor Rockies, led by Coaches Dion Hightower Jr., Chris Luiso, Jennifer Filer and David Nolan.
•District 8 Champions 12U Softball All Stars Team, led by Coaches Erik Laakso, Jim Dobler, Walt Felgate, and Andrew Lattimer
•10U Baseball All Stars Team, led by Coaches Brad Cramer, Adrian Serrano, Mark Fanguillo, and Dion Hightower Jr.
•Juniors Baseball All Stars Team, led by Coaches Paul Kula, Keith Acabchuk, and Will Walter
•Section 4 Champions
•12U Softball All Stars Team, led by Coaches Erik Laakso, Jim Dobler, Walt Felgate, and Andrew Lattimer.
In addition to the formal titles, the 12U Softball All Stars team broke a Windsor record by placing 3rd in the state (It was the first time the team ever advanced this far), and the Juniors Baseball All Stars team placed 2nd in the state. Additionally, it had been 16 years since the 10U team won the District 8 Title.
The outcome of the post season is a testament to the success of the regular season, as well as the commitment of the players, the coaches, and parents alike.
The Windsor Little League is a volunteer driven organization, and without the many contributors, each doing their part, such successes would be out of reach. Credit must be given to the training programs and clinics; as well as to the buildings & grounds crew, concessions volunteers, directors, and all board members.
As the 2019 season closes out, preparations are already underway for the 2020 season. Windsor is excited to defend all titles next year, as well try to earn a few more. The overall goal of the League is not to win, however. It is to provide quality programs to the youth of Windsor and Bloomfield, while enhancing their skills, character, and eventually their memories of childhood.
The League is eager to gain more players and volunteers as well, so please visit www.windsorll.com for more information.
Congratulations Windsor Little League on a hugely successful 2019 season!
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