All-Stars impress in Wilson

Jun. 24, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

Merriam-Webster defines an all-star as “composed wholly or chiefly of stars or of outstanding performers and participants.”

My family spent this past weekend in Wilson, with my little brother. My brother is one of 24 players from Bull City Little League to represent the league in its 9-10 age division. Both Bull City and South Durham Little League brought two teams to Wilson. Both opened up play on Friday night against one another.

This is the third straight year my brother was an all-star for Bull City, and it’s the third time they played in Wilson. He has made it to one state tournament after finishing runner-up in the district tournament two years ago.

At the age of 10, he has made three all-star tournaments, which is as many as I had in my little league career. He has already gone to states, a feat that took me years to accomplish.

He is surrounded by players that are just as good, if not better than he is. Some of the players on this team have been playing together since they began playing baseball at 4 or 5 years old. Each player has a very select set of tools that they exhibit on the baseball field. You have your fair share of lefties on the team so they are not right-handed heavy.

All-stars are not only big for those that play in it, but for parents and siblings. There were several parents and siblings cheering as loud as they could when each one of the kids stepped up to the plate.

There is also time away from the field that helps bring the entire team together as a whole. Whether you are enjoying dinner as a group, or you are lounging around at the pool trying to peg another player with a pool ball, the group is enjoying their time and can take a load off after fighting through each game.

When it is time to finally relax and enjoy time off, the group is stronger than ever. They all pile into one room and watch a baseball game (like the UNC-UCLA game on Friday night), or just to watch TV or a movie. It is always filled with “five more minutes” or “I’m not tired yet”.

This group of all-stars this year is very special. Whether it’s the fact they have been together for so long, or that they can put up with the antics for as long as they can. They have a bond that is truly supernatural. So to the kids of Bull City Little League, South Durham and all other little leagues across the area, good luck and have fun.

Bull City-Red is currently 2-0 heading into play this today.

Bull City-White was playing in an elimination game on Sunday, when this article was due, and the game was postponed until Monday. There will be an update next week on how that game finished.

South Durham-Green is currently 1-1 after beating Bull City-White, but losing to Wilson on Saturday.

South Durham-Orange was also scheduled for an elimination game on Sunday, but was postponed. Updates to come.

Ben Huffman is a rising sophomore at Riverside High School. To reach him, email huffmansheat@gmail.com.