Keystone LLB All-Stars’ success a testimony to kids and parents

he Keystone Little League is a powerhouse!

Three Pennslyvania State Championships in just eight short years.

Three visits to Little League Baseball’s Mid-Atlantic Regional finals at Bristol, Conn.

One visit to the Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport in 2011.

A close loss in Keystone’s second appearance in the Mid-Atlantic final in 2016 to a New York State team that went on to win the World Series Championship.

And now — in 2018 — a third appearance at Bristol, Conn., after overcoming a tough Lehigh team, 6-5, on Sunday afternoon at the state tournament in Berwick.

Why?

Hard work, plain and simple.

At the heart of success is parental involvement — bolstered by league volunteers, fans and team and league sponsors — to create a proud tradition at Keystone that is unrivaled.

It starts with the young boys who play Little League Baseball starting at age 8 and into the 9-10 age bracket before they move into the “major” category of 11-12 year old boys who are eligible to play in the coveted World Series.

That age bracket garners the widest attention because of the boys’ eligibility to play in the Little League Baseball World Series that is televised around the world.

Of course, we cannot go without mentioning the winning tradition among the Clinton 9-11 Girls All-Stars team playing in the Pennsylvania 9-11 Litttle League Softball Championship tournament this past weekend at West Newton, Pa.

The girls will also tell you that winning requires hard work, dedication and perserverance.

We know for a fact that the parents and coaches at Keystone practice the kids almost year-round.

Travel ball.

Batting cages.

Indoor practices.

Outdoor practice whenever time is found (and when conditions allow in off-season.)

Multiple team building activities.

Discipline.

As the saying goes, it takes a village … and Keystone has created a winning, cohesive village of players, parents and fans.

The Express community newspaper is also honored have donated $250 to Keystone before Sunday’s championship victory, with additional plans to help the league and team defray costs.

If you’re interested, here’s the address:

Keystone Little League

P.O. Box 293

Mill Hall, Penna., 17751

Your contribution is tax deductible.

So now it’s off to Bristol, where the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament begins this Sunday, Aug. 5. Keystone will represent Pennsylvania in this double-elimination tournament, some of which will be televised live on ESPN. The Mid-Atlantic consists of teams representing Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C.

We’re told (tentatively) that Keystone’s first game in Bristol is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 6. Win, lose or draw … Keystone already is a winner in our hearts. Go Keystone!

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