Pitching, timely hitting pays dividends for PA National in 7-1 win over PA American Sports, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jun 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm
District 52 11-12 Little League tournament
Palo Alto National served notice Sunday that taking away its hard-earned District 52 tournament championship (as 10-11 year olds) from last year (as 10-11 year olds) won't be so easy. That's what Palo Alto American found out at Middlefield Park. PA National needed a late-inning rally to pull away in a 7-1 victory over PA American.
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Posted by little leaguer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 28, 2011 at 9:24 am
Yes. And what would really have made this fair is if the Nationals had included players who played well this year and really deserved to be on this All Star team, not just all of the same players from last year. And most of them play together all year- so they have an unfair advantage. They are used to playing with each other. And yet the Americans who are newer to each other played really well and only lost at the very end.
Since this is Little League the coaches should be above only picking their own kids and their friends. Especially for these 12 years. This is their last year in Little League. The kids who really deserved to be on this team know who they are. And they and their parents are upset! This is the kind of experience that will stay with them all their lives. This is the kind of experience that shapes their self esteem.
So shame on the coaches of the Nationals for choosing players who did not have a good year this year, but were on the team last year. And shame on these coaches for not giving other players who played really well this year and deserved to be on the team their chance.
This team and mostly these coaches are not winners when this is how they make decisions.
Posted by HumbleOp, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood, on Jun 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm
It is illegal for an LL Allstar team to practice/play together before the team is selected.
Half the team is selected by the players vote. The balance is selected by all the National's managers. Any manager should have fought for a kid who has superior #'s. Please supply data (ie, BA avg, ERA...) or else you are just sounding like sour grapes. Plus you should of raised this to PALL Board for any injustices right after the selection.