Week 1 Little League awards announced
The votes are in! Here are the results from week one of The Sports Report’s Little League awards sponsored by 4Sports.
Baseball Player of the Week: Easton Galbraith, Cros-Lex 13U
Easton was nominated for pitching a complete game against Emmett, a shutout, with 11 strikeouts.
“Everything was just going well. I was getting strikes on the outside corners and my arm really felt good,” he said. “I really hope it keeps on going like that.”
Easton said he’s been playing baseball since he was in tee ball when his dad introduced him to the sport. When he’s not pitching, he plays first base, although he would prefer to be on the mound.
“I just like having control of the game. Everything that happens is basically on you,” he said. “I think I like the pressure because if you get it done, you feel really good afterward and it’s something to always remember.”
Softball Player of the Week: Kenzlee Hammar, Fort Gratiot, 10U
Kenzlee was nominated for her excellent focus and awareness on the field, as well as her hitting at the plate with a triple and a home run.
“It was my first [home run]. It went really far and found a hole between second base,” she said. “The triple was kind of in the same spot.”
She said that spot is now her “sweet spot,” and she was surprised when she hit the homer. Her teammates all came out running to celebrate, she said, which made her happy. When she’s not hitting home runs she plays first base, which brings up another proud moment.
“I was at first when my friend Delaney threw the ball all the way form third and I caught it,” she said. “I had to jump up and could get the runner out. It was so exciting.”
Sportsmanship Moment of the Week: Colton Hall, Marysville 10U
Colton was nominated for cheering on his teammates at the plate from third base, encouraging them to “be determined hitters.” He said he likes his teammates and enjoys hyping them up during games.
When he and his friends aren’t on the field, they like to play wiffle ball together. They’re looking forward to the district tournament and have big goals for the season, Colton said. They recently won three games in a row.
Colton primarily pitches and plays shortstop, but he likes being on the mound better.
“I like pitching better because you don’t the get the ball at shortstop,” he said.
Cast your nominations for The Sports Report's weekly Little League awards here. Nominees will be announced each Monday.