The little all-stars from Oviedo Babe Ruth’s T-Ball program make it to state
This summer, the young and talented Oviedo Babe Ruth All Star T-Ball Team was thrilled to make it all the way to the big leagues!
After completing a fun-filled T-Ball season, twelve players ages 5-7 were chosen to participate on an all-star team to represent our community. The boys, who came from various T-Ball teams, united to do their very best in several practice and qualifying tournaments, including the Longwood Invitational and the Lake City Regional Qualifier.
Four days of practicing every week in the sweltering Florida heat certainly paid off when the team finished second at the regional level, which was good enough to send them on to the Florida State Babe Ruth Championship Tournament in Lake City.
“This is really an honor because we are only the second Oviedo T-Ball team to make it to the state level in the past 20 years,” says Eliot Acosta, head coach and father to five-year-old Elliot, a player on the team.
Although the boys lost the state tourney in the tightest ball game of their young lives, they are now rated sixth in the state based on their cumulative championship play.
“Every player and every coach made at least one mistake during the tournament, but this team never gave up,” says Coach Eliot. “They played their hearts out, and they left everything they had out on that field.”
Team mom Jessica Knight felt like the entire experience in the dugout was as gratifying as hitting a grand slam.
“The boys were from different schools and different teams, but they all bonded together with the grit and strength to become a unified team,” says Jessica. Mom to six-year-old Levi, Jessica and other team parents pitched in to keep the kids hydrated and calm.
Although the boys enjoyed their first true taste of state-level competition, their biggest take-away seemed to be the quality time spent with family and friends.
“It was fun to travel with my family and to swim in the hotel pools and eat pizza with my friends,” says Levi, who was quite proud of slugging his first home run over the left fielder’s head in the qualifying rounds of the tournament. “I can’t wait to play again next season!”
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