The local youth baseball team recently won the Pony League World Series championship in Youngsville, Louisiana.
Texas Elite 6U were down 2-10 before rain delayed the series-deciding game by 4.5 hours, but the boys returned on Saturday to beat Deer Park 17-15.
“In late 2022 and into 2023 our boys have competed in over 20 tournaments, the Texas Elite workload has shown dedication and has shown our players are ready to play in Louisiana. Our history hasn’t been perfect, we’ve lost players over the seasons, we’ve gained players, but in the end everyone gave it their all,” Texas Elite head coach Noah Rangel told KSAT Tuesday.
“Some of our players have been playing together since they were 3-4 years old. They were all on different teams, some of them were the same, and competed with each other,” Rangel said. “This group is special to us, we all knew what they were capable of and wanted them to have this experience in Louisiana. With the help of parents, players, coaches, grandparents, and sponsors, we developed a game plan to make it to the Pony World Series 6U division.”
Rangel said the team competed in more than 20 tournaments before achieving World Series victory.
“Like other teams, we had to earn a place to compete in Louisiana. This involved placing first or second in a specific tournament held in Universal City, Texas in June 2023. Unfortunately, our guys didn’t make it and we were given a last and last chance at the 2023 Super Regionals held at Southwest Pony Fields,” Rangel said.
It was then that the team took first place and won a ticket to Louisiana.
“Getting to Louisiana was their goal, and they did it!”
“The children were thrilled and happy to be there, seeing their faces beaming with excitement filled our parents’ hearts with joy and tears,” Rangel continued. “This journey has been far from perfect, but our 11 players held their heads high after every game and came back stronger.”
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