POST OAK LITTLE LEAGUE
Ken Hoffman: Post Oak Little League team poised for World Series history
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District: done. Sectional: done. State: done. Regional: done.
That’s four tournaments down for the Post Oak Little League All-Star team, which will represent the Southwest Region in the most prized celebration of youth sports — the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
“We told our players at the start that we had six goals, now there are two goals left: win the U.S. championship and the Little League World Series championship,” says Post Oak manager David Rook.
“On the first day of each tournament, they gave pins to the players. It was an honor, and we were happy to get those pins. But we told the players they were only participation trophies. That’s not what we’re playing for. We’re playing for 19 wins and no losses, and if we do that, we will achieve our ultimate goal, the Little League World Series championship banner. We’ve got 14 wins. Five more wins to go.”
Tournament play has been a long, hot, dusty Texas road for the Post Oak team this summer. But when you play Little League in Houston, the road starts with a chilly weekend in January.
“Tryouts were in January and our season started after Presidents Day in February,” Rook says. “We had a couple of scrimmages and our season was 16 games, plus the league playoffs. Some of our guys played three or four games in the playoffs. We had three weeks of practice, and 14 games so far in the tournament. It’s been a total commitment for our players and their families. Everybody has bought into this. The boys have kept fighting and working their butts off.”
A cyclone in Waco
Post Oak punched its airline ticket to South Williamsport with an 8-0 whitewash over Oklahoma August 8 in Waco. The Regional was a show of force by Post Oak, beating Arkansas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma (twice) by a combined 43-5 score.
No wonder Rook and the Post Oak boys will be confident boarding a 7:30 am flight to South Williamsport on August 11. Eight teams from the U.S. and eight international teams will play a double elimination format. Post Oak’s first game is August 16 against the New England Region team. The game will be televised at 6 pm on ESPN2.
Five more wins...
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