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2007 Federal Little League Champs

Bottom Row: Aaron Jones, Amont Hawkins, Alex Courtney, Nick DeGrange, Hunter Williams, Max Ober
Middle Row: Ryan Brown, Alec Barnhart, Steve St. Clair, Brock Doyle, Kiefer Smith, Brady Hornbecker, Bobby Plume
Coaches: Matt Courtney, Bobby Doyle, Jeff Barnhart
Manager: Doug Hornbecker

2007 Federal Little League Champs

The Lions little league team recently won the 2007 Federal Little Championship largely do to the leadership of their twelve-year-old players.
Doug Hornbecker, manager of the Lions, gives us the season highlights:
* We won the first half of season out right.
* We lost our starting catcher twelve-year-old Hunter Williams to a broken wrist for the rest of the season with 8 games to play.
* We finished in third place for the second half.
* When the league championship playoff began, a best of three series, our teams and one of the best pitchers in our league, twelve year old Aaron Jones was on vacation and would miss the first two of these playoff games against a great Alsatia team.
* We lost the first playoff game 20 to 1, yes 20 to1. But our twelve years were the key, Alex Courtney, Max Ober, Hunter Williams, Amont Hawkins picked our team up and they kept our team spirit and attitudes up and positive, this was the key for what was to come.
* The second game was the next night, we squeezed out a win with young pitchers and timely hitting, and won the game 9-6, which meant we would be playing the third game, the championship game the next night, (our twelve-year-old pitcher, was due to be home in time for this game, so we felt we had an excellent chance to pull this off).
* Saturday evening is here, our pitcher is not, he shows up at the field during the National Anthem, changes into his uniform in the family van, and takes the field.
* We were down 4-0 early, both teams playing hard, we tie then take the lead 7-6 in the bottom of the 5th inning, Alsatia, gets a home run from Charles Cyonaveich, 2nd of the game to tie the game.
* We were the home team, in the bottom of the sixth inning we load the bases with no outs, our twelve year old pitcher, Aaron, hits a single to left field and we walk off League Champs.
Hornbecker said, "This was a very special Championship, as I said, our twelve year olds would not let us lose this, in the face of adversity, a 20-1 pounding by a great team, they would not let anyone get down. They could have easily given up, it makes for a Great experience, and one some coaches and teammates will not soon forget."
Congratulations Lions!

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