Menlo-Atherton Little League

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The little Menlo-Atherton Little League AA Team that could, the Orioles, completed a colossal journey last Saturday morning (June 6) by winning the Championship! They came together in March, most never having met nor played together, and at least one of the 12 was a newcomer to baseball.

Under the very able and positive guidance of three terrific parent-volunteer coaches — Chris Scott, Kevin Miller and Ren Riley — the Orioles team began to form.

LL Orioles_verticalThe first playoff game of the year was in May 18, and it resulted in a one-sided loss against the Red Sox. The skills were there but not the drive. After some  discussions about goals and a great practice, the drum started beating. And it kept beating and beating and beating — louder and louder and louder. So loud in fact, it never stopped beating for seven straight games.

The boys learned the true meaning of teamwork, through their ups and downs, injuries and losses and ultimately decided together that they enjoyed the feel of the win together much better.

So much so, that they dug down and in a double elimination series, with their backs against the wall at every playoff game after the loss on the 18th, they managed to scrap it out and win each of the seven consecutive games (Red Sox, Blue Jays, A’s, Rangers, White Sox, Indians — twice) to ultimately take the championship.

“These guys played together as a team,” said coach Chris. “They never settled for defeat, and they have shown more heart than anyone could have ever expected.

“We’ve seen these boys get better at baseball, but we’ve also seen them grow up and learn real life lessons. We are proud of these boys and of this season.”

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Menlo-Atherton Little League kicks off season with opening day festivities

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The Menlo-Atheton Little League held it’s opening day festivities at Burgess Park this morning and InMenlo contributing photographer (and Little League parent) Laura Hamilton was on hand to capture some of the action, particularly those kids who are participating in the coach/pitch division. In all, there are 500 players, 42 teams, 54 coaches, 32 junior umpires […]

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Menlo-Atherton Little League coach – Bob Baxter – wins Positive Coaching Alliance award

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Menlo-Atherton Little League coach Bob Baxter knows about perseverance. It’s that — and having the kids focus on the last thing they did well — that he tries to foster. For his efforts, the third-year coach and former minor league pitcher received the Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Coach award, a nationwide honor bestowed on 25 coaches who “strive […]

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Spotted: Play ball! Menlo-Atherton Little League kicks off new season

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Little League opening day and Scout pancake breakfast herald signs of spring in Menlo Park

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There was a seasonal shift this morning in Menlo Park with two annual events — opening day of the Menlo Atherton Little League and the pancake breakfast hosted by Boy Scout Troop 206. The breakfast is one of the Troop’s major fundraisers of the year, held at Trinity Church, which sponsors the Troop. At the Little […]

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Pitcher and home run hitter playing for Left Bank Little League team during city championship

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Menlo-Atherton Little League coaches Bob Crowe and Doug Kaufman win Positive Coaching Alliance award

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Registration for Menlo Park’s two Little Leagues open

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Mike’s Cafe wins Menlo Park Little League championship

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