Irmo Little League takes 2nd State Title | Community Spirit
State Champions Head to Southeastern Regional
By: Michele Beatty
Irmo Little League Majors won the 12 year old 2012 South Carolina Little League State Championship held in Kingstree, South Carolina, July 9-15. For Irmo, winning the state title earns them a spot at the 2012 Southeastern Regional Tournament in Warner Robins, Georgia. The tournament will be held at Southeast Park, one of the finest youth baseball facilities in the nation. South Carolina will join seven other state champions from Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, and Florida.
“Most of these boys have been playing together for several years now. The commitment they have made to play baseball and at such a high level will not only bring recognition to South Carolina but, more importantly, to the entire community. I am very proud of these young boys,” said John Ecton, who coaches the team along with Alan Beatty, Darren Jones, and Joe Geter.
Each team will play three games in pool play. South Carolina will play West Virginia on Friday, August 3 at 10 am, Virginia on Saturday, August 4 at 7 pm, and Tennessee on Monday, August 6 at 1 pm. At the conclusion of pool play, every team with a 2-1 record or better will be seeded according to Little League guidelines and advance to the single elimination round beginning on Wednesday, August 8 on ESPN 2. The tournament will end with the championship game being played on Friday, August 10 on ESPN at 7 pm, to determine who will make it to The Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
The twelve players who make up the 2012 South Carolina State Little League Champions are: Trad Beatty, Jake Benoit, Reece Cormier, Kyle Ecton, Jacquez Geter, Ward Hacklen, Deric Hanko, Jaxon Jones, Drew Smith, Garett Summers, Ricky Viloria, and Jacob Wright. -- Manager: John Ecton Coaches -- Alan Beatty, Darren Jones, and Joe Geter
This is Irmo Little League’s second consecutive trip to the Southeastern Regional Tournament in Warner Robins, Georgia.. Last year’s 11-12 year old Irmo Little League Majors team made league history by winning their first South Carolina state title. “Back to back trips to Warner Robins is a dream come true,” said Trad Beatty, a player on both the 2011 and 2012 State Championship teams.
To help support the team’s trip to Warner Robins August 2 - August 10, donations and sponsorships can be sent to Irmo Little League / PO BOX 1371 / Irmo, South Carolina 29063.
Please note that the donation is for the Majors All Star Team.
For more information go to www.irmolittleleague.org/