They’ll say they’re just along for the ride – one which they hope leads to Williamsport, Pennsylvania in a couple weeks.
“It’s been amazing, I wouldn’t even call it tough,” said Cheryl Taylor, whose son is John “Tal” Taylor III, a pitcher and outfielder on the Middleboro squad.
After Middleboro’s scheduled state Final Four game against Wellesley on Saturday was postponed due to torrential rains at the Joe Schwartz Little League Complex and pushed back to today at 4 p.m., parents chatted in the parking lot in their orange, black and white “Dirt Dawgs,” shirts under umbrellas.
“We’re going to remember this forever,” said Cheryl Taylor. Since June, Middleboro’s All-Stars and their parents have been all over the Massaschuetts map, including tourney road trips to Seekonk (24 miles), Braintree (31 miles), two trips to Martha’s Vineyard (53 miles) and, this weekend, Worcester (68 miles).
Carver had been on the docket for this weekend if Middleboro hadn’t made it to the state championship, but that’s one detour the All-Stars and their families haven’t minded taking.
With all four teams in the state tourney owning records of 1-1, whichever two teams win today will advance to Monday’s championship game.
If Middleboro can bring home the state crown, it will pack its bags for the 137-mile trek to Bristol, R.I., for the New England Regionals, beginning on Friday.
“They spend a lot of money on gas,” Middleboro ace pitcher Sam Henrie said of the team’s parents. Middleboro head coach Leslie “Skeeter” Porter agreed. “I’m spending thirty bucks on gas every trip I make in my truck,” Porter said on Saturday.
For most of the parents, driving their children to sports, be it baseball or any other athletic event, is just one of the perks of being a sports parent. “We love doing this, everyone has multiple kids playing sports,” said Harold Allioth, the father of 12-year-old first baseman and outfielder MacKenzie “Mack” Allioth. Allioth also runs the team’s blog found at http://middleboroallstars2012.blogspot.com
, which he updates after almost every batter during games.
“I’d do anything for these boys,” said Liz Gwozdz, the mother of infielder Evan Gwozdz. Other parents call Liz Gwozdz the team captain and the hardest worker among the team’s extended family.
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