ELLSWORTH — Every Little League player in America has dreams of playing in Williamsport, Pennsylvania with announcers from ESPN saying their name on national television.

For the Saco Little League 9-and-10 year old All-Stars, the quest to get to Williamsport will have to wait until they reach the 11-and-12 year old division, but they can accomplish something incredible this afternoon.

The Saco All-Stars will put their undefeated postseason record on the line at 4 p.m. today when they face Westbrook in the Maine 9-and-10 year old State Championship game in Ellsworth.

“It’s been fabulous,” said Saco Manager David Page, who along with coaches Jeff Camire and Seth Umel have helped their squad go 10-0 so far in the postseason.

Despite being made up of 9-and-10 year olds, this Saco team ”“ Evan Beaudette, Colin Binette, Kevin Butts, Braden Camire, Mason Collins, Owen Critchley, Will Davies, Brady Graffam, Matthew Page, Will Palmer, Pavel Tarpy, AJ Thibodeau and Jonathan Umel ”“ has been playing together for several years.

“The majority of these kids have been playing on the same summer travel team for four years together. They really know each other and they’ve been playing together for a long time,” said Page.

Whenever a team plays together for a long time there is a definite chemistry between the players and this Saco team is no different.

“We feel like a family out here … they have a lot of confidence in each other,” said Page.

The Saco manager knew last year that this year’s squad had a chance to do something special.

“Last year we were also in the tournament because Saco always has two teams, but we were all nine year olds last year and won a couple games in the tournament and got some experience,” said Page. “We felt pretty good going into this season and (we knew) we would have a pretty good team with our 10 year olds.”

The state championship game will feature a rematch from Tuesday as Saco will take on a Westbrook team that they beat by a 10-0 score. Despite the blowout win, Page knows that today’s game will be a battle.

“We were just sort of feeling each other out for the game (today),” said Page, who said neither team threw their best pitcher on Tuesday. “I’m sure it’s going to be a much closer game. They have some great players, so the game could really go either way.”

— Sports Editor Pat McDonald can be reached at [email protected] or at 282-1535 ext. 322. Follow the Journal Tribune Sports Department on Twitter @JournalTsports.



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