BERLIN - The Berlin 11U Little League all-stars softball team is having one memorable season.
For the first time in eight years, Berlin won the District 5 tournament and is heading to the state tournament in Trumbull.
“The last time was 2010 and it might have even been the 12-year-old team,” Berlin manager Bill Petit said. “So it’s quite a feat to win districts. It’s a great feeling right now.”
Now, Berlin is hoping to extend its season. On Thursday afternoon the team full of 12 girls loaded up onto a coach bus for its first ever shot at a state title.
“It’s kind of exciting,” Amelia Andruskiewicz said. “It’s special for us to go to states. This season has been great. It was amazing working with everyone and our coaches are so amazing. They put a lot of effort into this.”
The team has the benefit of being familiar with one another. The girls either been playing together or against each other since they were four-years-old.
“Between the both of us, coach Kelly [Mota] and myself, we both had probably about five or six of them on one team and another five or six on another,” Petit said.
For a year the two teams went head to head and then the following year, Petit and Mota decided to combine the teams. The girls have been playing together ever since.
“We’ve been playing together for so long we really wanted an opportunity to go to states and play a bigger game,” Jessica Petit said. “We just have to work together and focus.”
Although Berlin is sure to see plenty of tough competition in the tournament, Petit has nothing but faith in the girls.
“I think we’re going to do fine,” Petit said. “They put a lot of hard work into this, we practice three, four times a week so this is what it’s all about and this is what makes it worth it. Hopefully it’ll translate into a nice little win.”
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