MOUNT VERNON — They may only be nine years old, but don’t let that fool you.
The players on the Mount Vernon 9-year-old All-Stars are starting their third year together as a group, and are looking to improve and get better.
“All of our guys are very aggressive at the plate,” said All-Stars coach Joe Spurgeon. “They all hit well. Defensively, we are really strong as a team. Pitching, we are throwing strikes and getting better everyday.
“Since they were seven, we’ve pushed them in older divisions, just to help them to get better and they’re loving every minute of it.”
This is a team that is used to challenge, and this season will be no different as they will continue to face older competition. Beginning Friday, the 9-year-old All-Stars will face the best players in the surrounding areas in the District 5 Little League tournament at Cambridge. Their first opponent will be a doozy: They’ll face the Cambridge 10-year-old All-Stars.
”This team is young,” said Spurgeon, “but we’re going to be playing against a lot of 10-year-old teams.”
Not only could they be playing up on a given night, they will need to be ready to fill in — anytime, anyplace.
“Really, there’s nothing set,” said Spurgeon. “They can all play every position.”
While versatility is the word, expect to see Nolan Belcher patrolling third base, along with Derek Green. Colton Spurgeon and Josh Fry will shoulder the duties at shortstop.
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