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Here is a group of kids who never gave up and learned the value of TEAMWORK along the way.  The Wilbraham Athletics sponsored by Wilbraham’s Pet Angels won the Titan’s Early Bird Classic in an upset that surprised everyone, including themselves.  Check out their team photo and read all about their journey to victory.

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The Wilbraham A’s joined the pre-season Titans Early Bird Classic Tournament on the Weekend  of 4/24 – 4/26 with the sole intention of just getting some games in on the 90 ft. diamond prior to the regular season.  The A’s are comprised of eleven 13 year olds who are playing in the John L. Sullivan Under 15 age division.  This was their first time ever playing on the regulation 90 ft. diamond.  Eight teams were in the tournament with all teams being guaranteed to play 3 game over the first two days with the top four advancing to the semi-finals.  Day one of the tournament, April 24th, did not start out very well for the A’s  who were shut out by the Springfield Titans 9-0 and then manhandled by the Springfield Cardinals 12-4.  The move to the larger diamond was causing some issues and it appeared that it was going to require some adjustments.  Lucky, in hind sight, the rains came and postponed the completion of the tournament until the following Saturday, May 1st.  Four teams had already completed their 3 games  which left two games to be played prior to the semi-finals getting underway.  The A’s were told that they could qualify for the fourth and final position in the semi’s if they won their game by 8 or more runs.  With the A’s leading 3-1 over West Springfield in the final inning, the A’s were able to push across 8 additional runs to win the game 11-1 and advance to play the undefeated #1 seeded Southwick River West Stars.  The semi-finals started immediately following the completion  of the first game.  The A’s played a near flawless game defensively with outstanding pitching and were able to upset the # 1 seed 8-0.  The A’s were informed that they were now scheduled to play the undefeated Springfield Cardinals, who had soundly beat them a week ago,  in the finals which would start in two hours.  The kids were thrilled and the parents were cancelling birthday parties, trips to Six Flags and family obligations.  The A’s continued to play with a lot of heart and determination and were able to pull out the third victory of the day, 8-4 and walk away as the Tournament Champions.  What a difference a week makes!!! 

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