Back in March, Coach Ryan Clifton, selected 12 players, age 8 and under, after Kingsburg’s Little League Season ended, for his U8 All Star Team. Ryan selected four coaches to help him: Nic Heinrichs, Joel Ruiz, Josh Jackson, and Dave Vieira. The boys practiced three times a week in the evenings.
The roster included:
Colton Clifton: catcher, pitcher, infielder
Hudson Hayes: infielder, outfielder
Graham Heinrichs: infielder, first base
Korbin Jackson: pitcher, infielder
Brady Parbst: infielder, outfielder
Jase Paul: pitcher, outfielder, infielder
Beau Perez: infielder, outfielder
Jase Ruiz: infielder, outfielder, pitcher
Jake Vieira: infielder, pitcher
Kase Visser: infielder, outfielder, pitcher
Luke Winslow: outfielder, pitcher, catcher
Connor Woods: catcher, outfielder, infielder
Part of the team’s success centered around the fact that each player played multiple positions. The year didn’t start out well. The boys lost their first game 19-2 in a tournament in Lemoore. The second game wasn’t any better; they lost the second game 14-4. It looked like it was going to be a long season of losing. However, things turned around quickly. They won the third game in the Lemoore Tournament and went on a tear. They won the next 26 of the 28 games they played. In a tournament in Fresno, hosted by Bullard, Kingsburg beat teams from Clovis, Clovis West, Clovis North and Bullard. In four games Kingsburg outscored their opponents, 84-6.
Kingsburg won the Central California Championship, by beating Hanford in both games of a double header which qualified them for the South Western Regional Finals. There they beat teams from Northern California, Utah and Arizona. Their record was 5-0, and Kingsburg came home winners! Who would think twelve young boys from Kingsburg Little League could be Regional Champions? Kingsburg did!
I’m proud to live in Kingsburg! It’s fun to root for winners!