In a town known for its success on the baseball diamond, the Larchmont Mamaroneck Little League (LMLL) 11 U “Spartans” travel team has continued the tradition by winning the division playoff championship for the Westchester Putnam Baseball Association (WPBA) fall season. The victory marks the first 11-year-old WPBA playoff championship for the LMLL.
The WPBA provides young people and towns with an organized and highly competitive travel baseball and softball program for the summer and fall seasons.
Starting as the sixth seed, the Spartans relied on a complete team effort to forge their way through the single elimination playoff format. “Our team peaked at just the right time,” said Coach Steven Schwartz. “In all areas; defense, pitching, hitting and base running, the team played their best baseball when it really counted.”
“The true difference maker was how the boys came together as a team; showing tremendous camaraderie, and realizing that the whole was much greater than the sum of the individual parts,” said Coach Eric Waldron.
Over 20 innings of play, the Spartans scored 20 runs and allowed only 2, entering the playoffs with a 3-0 record. They defeated 5th seeded Putnam Valley/Cortland in the championship game 11-1. Also coaching the team were Curt Abel, and Byron Haughton.
Front Row from L to R: Hayden Cohen, Aaron Schwartz, Billy Flatow, Kumar Nambiar, Gabe Badner, Matthew Waldron, Jakob Harman. Middle Row: Alex Owen, Billy Grossman, Miles Haughton, Jason Abel. Back Row: Coaches Steven Schwartz, Eric Waldron, Curt Abel and Byron Haughton. Not pictured: Ben Weinstock, Frankie Capparelli.