Maine-Endwell 10U Little League team prepares for state tournament in Endicott

Published: Jul. 25, 2022 at 9:01 PM EDT
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ENDWELL, N.Y. (WBNG) - By late July, there’s not too many games left on the Little League schedule and to make it to this point there’s not much room for error.

Heading into this week, the Maine-Endwell 10U All-Star Little League team was perfect. A 15-0 record, making it a memorable season for players like Evan Goforth.

“It’s been really fun because I get to be with my friends and stuff and I know all of the guys really well,” said Evan.

And those W’s come with some perks, just ask Easton Rondeau.

“It’s been great. Every time we won a tournament, like a section tournament, we got to party at someone’s house,” explained Rondeau.

But that record was the result of more than just a couple practices during the season. This team has outworked the competition from the start.

“The season has been amazing. These boys have put a lot of time and effort to get to this point,” said head coach Cliff Stewart. “They have done all of the heavy lifting. They’ve taken a ton of batting practice, lots of ground balls. They put the time in during the winter.”

Now this week the team has its next challenge, the New York state tournament which is just down the road in Endicott. It’s a double elimination bracket with the winner going on to the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Connecticut.

With the momentum from the season the team is feeling confident, including third baseman Carson Stenta.

“I’m feeling amazing. I really wanted to get to states and win it,” said Stenta.

Winning in Little League is something of a tradition in Maine-Endwell. It was five years ago when M-E won the U12 World Series. Having a history like that provides a blueprint for the following generations.

“For these kids, going to the Little League World Series in their lifetime is a tangible, attainable goal. The kids down the street from them actually achieved that,” said Stewart. “For me, my coach told me ‘Yeah we’re going to Williamsport and I looked at him like yeah buddy that’s not realistic.’ But to these guys that’s just what they’ve grown up with.”

Plus, Landon Tiberi saw it all first-hand as he was at that championship game in 2016.

“Super fun it was just awesome seeing people hit home runs, and I might do that someday. It was just a good experience,” said Tiberi.

This week, this team is trying to make some history of their own and get to August still playing baseball.

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