Neighbors: South Bay’s Pony Shetland trip to their first World Series bittersweet

Neighbors: South Bay’s Pony Shetland trip to their first World Series bittersweet

Although the The Pony Shetland 6U baseball group did not win the World Sequence in Simi Valley last weekend — they’d been the first in South Bay historic previous to make it to the quarter finals.

After profitable every sport the group of 5- and 6-year-old boys had ever carried out, they lastly met their match on the event, the place they suffered an Eight-Three loss to Yard Grove; nonetheless, they made it farther than any South Bay group of any age group ever has.

“It is extraordinarily unusual to even make the World Sequence,” said Chad Feilke, the group supervisor, coach and father of Pony participant, Pierce Feilke. “The experience diploma of this group is one factor I haven’t seen in pretty some time.”

Sooner than touring with larger than a dozen dad and mother, grandparents and family mates to

Coach Chad Feilke delivers a heartfelt speech to the group.Simi Valley, the group of native kids held a file breaking ranking of 12-Zero undefeated; an unparalleled feat that stunned dad and mother all summer season prolonged.

The Pony Shetland 6U baseball group is part of the South Bay Pony league, a regional chapter of Defend Our Nation’s Youth.

“Our coaches went above and previous,” Lindsey Fox, the “group dad or mum” and mother of Pony participant, Will Fox said in an piece of email. “They principally had a full time job on excessive of their full time jobs.”

The ponies accomplished the season as District 1 Champions, West Space Champions, Redondo Sunset Father’s Day Champions and World Sequence Quarter finalists with a file of 15-2.

“I’m so happy with these boys and all of their success,” Feilke said. “They always believed in themselves and their teammates and always had a winner’s perspective.”

Fox said that when their regular observe day rolled spherical on Wednesday, the avid gamers, coaches and households had been disenchanted to have lastly reached the highest of the season.

“We had been so sad to not see each other that we saved texting and calling,” Fox said.

Pony avid gamers Pierce Feilke, Will Fox, Alex Abelson stroll out onto the sector. Image credit score rating: Lindsey FoxCoach Feilke did his biggest to make observe as vigorous as doable for the group to keep up them motivated and be sure that their last objective was to have pleasant.

He said they could often play a sport he known as “applesauce” whereby he would pitch apples to the batter. On the hotter days of observe, Feilke would current up with an ice chest filled with water balloons.

“It was such a memorable experience for everyone involved,” Feilke said. “And a very good father and son experience that I’ll bear in mind as a coach and a dad for the rest of my life.”

Now that the season has come to an in depth, the boys should take a look at for model new teams with a couple of of them transferring as a lot as the next age division.

“I’d guess that the majority of those kids will seemingly be all stars for a couple of years to return again,” Feilke said.

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