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9 And 10 Allstar Team Makes Delmar Little League History

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DELMAR, Md. - The ages nine and ten all-star team in Delmar are Maryland State Champions, and for the first time in Delmar little league history, they are heading to Eastern Region Little League Playoffs in Cranston, Rhode Island on August 3rd.

"I'm very excited," says teammate Julian Burdett.

"I've never been to Rhode Island," says teammate Gabriel Rincon. "I want to go and I want to win."

For many of these boys, the journey did not just begin this season. Most of them have been playing together since t-ball.

"It feels good, it's exciting how much our players have grown since t-ball," says Dylan Pasta, a teammate.

"You've got a bunch of best friends on the team, you've got guys that can communicate on the field without saying much," says Roger Walters, coach of the allstar team. "It's just giving eachother looks they know where they're going what they're doing."

For the parents and families, it has been just as much of a bonding experience.

"We've all been close, it's just kind of grown a little bit stronger this season with them still playing together going into August," says Angie Jackson, a parent a Delmar all-star. "We're all just like one big family."

However, it has not just been the coaches, parents, and families watching this team excel, but a large portion of the Delmar community. Coach Walter says that at their championship game, they had "record-breaking" numbers in the stands, and parents say they are very fortunate for the local support.

"Delmar has always been great with supporting their sports and teams and stuff like that but they really came forth with the little league team this year," says Jackson.

One of those supporters, Tom Kostis, co-owner of Delmar Pizza, says he has known the boys since they were babies.

"It's amazing to see them growing up and playing all together as a team," says Kostis. "It makes us very proud."

So far in their season, the allstars have won ten straight games. The playoffs will feature a week of games against New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. If their winning streak continues, the team will play in the semifinals and championship game against two New England states on August 9th and 10th. However, Coach Waters describes the practice preparation as the "easy part."

"It's the stuff behind the scenes, the fundraising, the parents, the fans, the paper work, that is not."

Hotel rooms for just the boys alone can cost between $9,000 and $13,000. To help with that, the team is working extremely hard on a number of fundraisers. On Thursday, July 25th, Delmar Pizza will open doors for both lunch and dinner with 10% proceeds to benefit the team. On Saturday, the boys will hold a car wash at Sear's, behind the mall, asking for donations. On Sunday, St. Stephen Church in Delmar will recognize the team and send them off with a prayer at their 11 AM service. Plaza Tapatia in North Salisbury will hold a fundraiser Monday, July 29th. The team is also gladly accepting any generous donations. If you are interested in helping, contact Amy Waters at 410-603-7455.

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