Lawmakers welcome Pennsbury youth baseball teams to Capitol, House chamber

HARRISBURG, Oct. 22 – State Reps. Perry Warren and John Galloway and state Sen. Steve Santarsiero welcomed a pair of local youth baseball teams to the state Capitol and House floor Tuesday.

“It’s great to honor young people in our community, especially after they’ve set a goal, pursued that goal and, then, experienced success,” Warren said. “The Pennsbury Athletic Association 12-and-under and 8-and-under teams remind us why youth sports and extracurricular activities are an important part of our lives: They provide our children with some of their first tests, and – in this case – a chance to experience some of their first big accomplishments away from home.”

Both Pennsbury teams have won state championships.

“It’s wonderful to see our young people achieve success in a sport they love,” Galloway said. “Through their love of the sport of baseball, these kids have developed skills they can use throughout life – consistency, perseverance, teamwork and focus. I applaud them for mastering these skills at such a young age, and for bringing recognition to their hometown.”

Santarsiero added: “I am proud to congratulate and honor the Pennsbury Falcon 8U and 12U teams as the 2019 Cal Ripken World Series and Keystone Cup Champions,” said Santarsiero, D-Bucks. “Their hard work and dedication to the game is a testament to the values instilled by the Pennsbury community, their coaches and family.”

The majority of the players on the 12-and-under team have been playing together for four years, and some of them have been together since T-ball. Since their 9-and-under season, the team has won two state championships and four district championships. They plan to end their season with a once-in-a-lifetime tournament in Cooperstown, New York.

The Falcons 8-and-under team went undefeated during their regular travel season, winning district, state, Mid-Atlantic Regional and World Series championships. The team went 38-1, including a 6-0 run during the Cal Ripken World Series in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, to become the first Pennsbury Athletic Association team to win the World Series. 

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