By ALEX SPONSELLER The Warwick North Little League Softball 12's made the trip to Bristol, CT to compete in the Little League regional tournament after winning last month's state championship. The girls fell in their first two games of the double
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Warwick North Little League Softball 12’s made the trip to Bristol, CT to compete in the Little League regional tournament after winning last month’s state championship.
The girls fell in their first two games of the double elimination tournament to end their summer. However, they had a great trip and were thrilled to be back to having the normal summer All-Star playoffs.
“The girls had a great time, they loved it, they had a great experience that most don’t get to have. It was nice for them to stay in the dorms and meet some other teams,” said Warwick North 12’s manager Gary Dombeck.
For many of the players on the roster, this was their third trip to the regional level of play. Facing that level of competition will pay dividends for the girls moving forward, according to Dombeck.
“Having that experience is good, for most of these girls it was their third regional, some it was their second. You don’t see that very often, but our league is very special in that we have a lot of kids that come back every year. It is definitely going to help in the long run, the more you play the more experience you get, which will only make them better,” said Dombeck, who was happy to see the girls take another step closer toward normalcy after missing last summer. “It was great to have them back out there and to be able to get this experience. One team in the tournament was not as fortunate and had to leave (due to a COVID-related issue), but these girls were lucky enough to have the full experience.”
Looking ahead to 2022, Dombeck hopes to see most of the same core return for another state championship run at the juniors level.
“There is already real interest for the juniors level. A lot of the time you will see girls hang it up after the 12 year old season, but a lot of these girls want to come back. We should have a strong team coming back and we’ll be positioned well for our juniors run next year,” Dombeck said.
The Warwick North 12’s included: Cassidy Curtis, Ella Roberts, Gianna Myers, Gretchen Dombeck, Hailey Norman, Hope Fitzpatrick, Lia Wasilewski, Lily Andrews, Lyla Amitrano, Madison Tuirok, Mia Boyajian, Reagan Motta and Rory Kelaghan.