Warsaw third baseman Cole Baker applies the tag to Mishawaka’s Randall Finney as he tries to advance from second to third base during Wednesday night’s Senior All-Star action. Photo by Anthony Gadson, Times-Union
Warsaw third baseman Cole Baker applies the tag to Mishawaka’s Randall Finney as he tries to advance from second to third base during Wednesday night’s Senior All-Star action. Photo by Anthony Gadson, Times-Union
Attendance at Warsaw Little League Park may be down now, but the competition level is up as the all-star season is under way.
Beginning with Senior division action Wednesday, the Warsaw Little League All-Star season opened with the Warsaw squad beating Mishawaka 7-2.
Coached by Jeff Fitzgerald, the Warsaw Senior team is at Goshen tonight, and with a win, it would be in Monday’s championship back in Warsaw, as there’s only  three teams in the district after Cleveland dropped out.
“Getting out of the district is an obvious goal, then we just want to play well and get farther in the tournament,” Fitzgerald said.
If it is able to win the district, the Warsaw squad will move on to the sectional at home on July 12 and 13, followed by a possible trip to state at Wabash.
In their opener, the Warsaw all-stars didn’t sweat too much, as Braxton Tennant got the win on the mound, striking out four in six innings of work, while Blake Foreman was 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs.
“We have a lot of pitching and a lot of depth,” Fitzgerald said. “These kids can also pound the ball.”
Along with the Senior team, Warsaw Little League President Lance Leeper is also presiding over a 9/10 team, as well as Major (11-12) and Junior (13-14) teams.
“They are excited in all the age groups,” Leeper said. “They’re ready to go. They’ve been talking about it the last two weeks out here – ‘When do we play? When do we start?’”
Majors begin Saturday, while the 9/10 and Juniors both get started Tuesday.
The all-star competition may be the postseason for the Little League season, but Leeper says he and the kids have different views of July at the park.
“I see it as winding down, but the kids probably see it as more exciting and revving up, because this is what they play for all year – to make the all-star team,” he said.
And whenever it does officially end, Leeper will be filing this season as another successful one.
“The season was great,” he said. “We had a lot of great games out here with a lot of great kids. It was very competitive.”