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August 7, 2013

Woods-Shores Little League in regional action

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Woods-Shores Little League in regional action
The Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores Little League team advanced to the regional tournament after winning the state title. Pictured is the team following the state championship victory.

By Mike Horan
Contributing Writer

GROSSE POINTE WOODS/SHORES — In its first appearance in the regional tournament since 1979, Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores Little League lost a close game 3-2 to Burlington (Wisconsin) in the opening game of the 2013 Little League Baseball Great Lakes Regional Aug. 3 in Indianapolis.

Antonio Moceri gave Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores the early lead in the second inning after he doubled, then stole third and scored on error.

Woods-Shores added another run in the second to take a 2-0 lead, but couldn’t hold on.

“We loaded the bases after an intentional walk, and they got a single to tie it a 2-2,” said Tom Mazolla, Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores head coach.

After tying the score 2-2 in the third, Burlington scored a run in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead and hung on for the win.

“We couldn’t score another run,” Mazolla said. “We couldn’t get that one hit. We left like eight or nine guys on bases.”

The tournament is played in pool form with six teams competing. The top four teams advance to the semifinals; each team is guaranteed four games. Mazolla feels Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores is far from out of it.

“We need to win a couple games, but we have a chance,” he said following the tournament opener. “But they’re all tough; they’re all tough teams.”

Regardless of the outcome, Mazolla said he is proud of what his team has accomplished thus far.

“These kids, as 9 (year-olds), they never won districts. As 10s, they didn’t win districts. As 11s, they didn’t win districts,” he said. “As 12s, they won districts, states and we’re in Indianapolis competing. That says it all. We’re extremely proud of the boys — extremely proud.”

Woods-Shores went on to beat a team from Indiana 6-1 on Aug. 4, but then fell to Kentucky Aug. 5 by a 2-1 margin, according to the Little League website. The team was back in action Aug. 6, after press time.