The Plymouth/New Hope Little League was home to the area’s best baseball team this season, as the PNHLL Angels rolled to five consecutive victories to win the 17-team Minnesota Classic.
The Classic, which pitted each District 1 Little League champion into a single tournament, was held the last week of June in St. Louis Park.
The Angels entered the tournament on the heels of a 13-3 season in PNHLL, which included a 10-game winning streak that launched the club out of a 3-3 start to the year and into a spot in The Classic.
Once there, the Angles opened with a 21-0 victory over Coon Rapids/Andover American. The team then topped Hamel 11-2, before besting East Tonka South 9-2 to earn a spot in the tournament semifinals.
The Angels moved into the championship game with a 10-7 victory over St. Louis Park, and then the celebration began after a 7-3 win over East Tonka North gave them the title.
Ten-year old Aaron Meyers was the starting pitcher in the final, going the distance on just 64 pitches.
Marc Malik his two home runs in the tournament. The first was a grand slam in the opener, and his second was a game-tying solo-shot in the Angels final at-bat against St. Louis Park that eventually ended with a 10-7 victory.
Race Thompson finished the tournament with a .700 batting average. Catcher Brayden Gray hit .688 in the tournament.
Tyler Milford was the starting pitcher in two of the five games in the tournament. Gavyn Hinkle made three-highlight real defensive plays at second base. Joe Benning came up with one in the outfield in the fifth inning of the final the helped preserve the Angels’ lead.
Third basemen Peter Schroeder was a two-out RBI machine, and Zach Myers, Roman Dain and Ethan Graul were solid both in the field and at the plate throughout the tournament, said head coach Kevin Gray.