ALPENA, MI- The little league baseball season gives kids the chance to compete and have fun. It also gives local businesses a chance to give back to the community.
After going undefeated and winning the Alpena Little League championship in the 9-10 baseball division, the team sponsored by the Alpena Agency gathered to recognize their sponsor and celebrate one last time as a team.
On hand was Alpena Agency Owner Pete Wilson, who was presented with a plaque as a gift from the team. Wilson discussed the importance of giving back to the community. ” We really love to see the kids going out and having fun and they are obviously a very important part of our community. It makes our community better and that is what we want to see happen.
Like all local little leagues, Alpena has new kids stepping on to the fields at all levels. On the Alpena Agency team was Donnie Garza, a young player who had never played the game before. His father Donaven was on hand at the event and could not have more more thankful for the bonds his son made during his first year of baseball. ” The coaches and players they all took him in on day one.” Garza also cited the teams coaches as main reasons for Donnie’s growing love for the game. ” They asked him on the first day what don’t you know, and he said everything. They started him at square one teaching him all the basics and teaching him every aspect of the game.
The team also has many kids who have plenty of little league experience. Cam Stepanski was voted team MVP by the group and spoke about how bringing new players on to the baseball fields was his favorite part of the season. ” I love this team, I mean all the other years have been different. There were kids on the team that had not played since t-ball or had not played ever. It was really cool to watch them get better throughout the year.
Like all kids, the team will now move on to the next sport. Some are excited for soccer, some excited for football but for one last time a group of friends both old and new got to celebrate one last time as a team.