While Josh and I were at his hitting workout tonight, his coach, Mark Przybylak, told us about this article. Apparently our NIT Championship last month did not go unnoticed by the local media. Marcia Smith, a sports columnist for the OC Register had this to say about Redline and our championship run:
Behind that 3-foot trophy of gold-painted plastic and tiers of wood sitting in the San Juan Capistrano office of the Redline sports training facility lies a remarkable baseball story of a teen-age triumph.
Team Redline is a "mutt," as one parent lovingly called this thin roster of undersized 12- and 13-year-old Orange County boys plucked from a handful of Dana Point Pony League teams. They play without a known slugger, a tall pitching ace or a player anyone in the local Little League circles would call "a superstar."
But last month, at a three-day Big NIT tournament at Big League Dreams Sports Park in Riverside, this last-seeded team won every game, pulled off six consecutive upsets over highly USSSA Baseball ranked traveling clubs from the West and proved that there can be joy from Muttville.
You can read the rest of the article here.
[Update: Redline has asked Josh to be a permanent player on the roster. Our next tournament is the St. Patrick's Day Classic on March 15-16th.]