The Canal Little League 12u Baseball All-Stars, based in Glasgow, Bear and other areas south of Newark, won the Delaware state championship, earning a spot in the regional competition for a chance to go to Williamsport for the Little League World Series.
Coach Kristin Caldwell said most of the players have played together since they were 8-year-olds. They have won district championships at 8,9,10 and 12, along with state championships at 10 and 12.
“I think the best thing about them is we don’t have many days off, I would say, in the whole summer,” Caldwell said. “And these kids just come to work every day. They love baseball.”
Canal beat Camden-Wyoming in the finals to become the state champions. Caldwell said the team often wins by the 10-run rule in Delaware, but the Camden-Wyoming team offered a good challenge to help prepare them for regional play.
Canal’s first game of regional play in Bristol, Conn., is on Sunday at 10 a.m. against the New Jersey state champion, Toms River East. That game, along with other early round games, will be televised on ESPN+, with later rounds on ESPN.
Caldwell said there’s no international side of the Little League World Series this year because of COVID-19, so two teams from each region will go to the World Series instead of one, increasing Canal’s odds of getting to the Williamsport.
“They are fired up. They’re good kids,” Caldwell said. “They’re 12-year old-boys. They’ve all watched the Little League World Series and regionals and stuff on TV before.”