Representing Encinitas

After a nearly undefeated season and earning the West Region championship title, Encinitas Little League’s (ELL) Junior All Star team made their way to the Junior League World Series in Taylor, MI in August. The team’s 13 players, three coaches, and their families traveled across the country to compete against five other domestic and six international teams. Once in the tournament, ELL’s Juniors lost their initial game against the Southwest U.S. champions, but won the following two elimination games against the Central U.S. champions and in a rematch against the Southwest team. In the fourth game of the tournament, ELL Juniors lost to the Southeast champions, ultimately finishing in third place in the U.S. and sixth in the world.

This year’s Junior All Star team is the first team in ELL’s 61-year history to win their way to a Little League World Series. “This team was comprised of some very talented kids,” said Robert Wade, current coach and former ELL president. “It was great to see these kids put in the work and effort. Seeing them stick to it and persevere day in and day out made me really proud as a coach.” Upon their return from Michigan, the team received a proclamation from the City of Encinitas at a City Council meeting in recognition of their hard work and achievements.

ELL is home to over 500 players each year, fostering a collaborative and positive atmosphere for players, coaches, and fans alike. Since 2010, ELL’s four All Star divisions have earned a combined total of 16 District Championships, 12 Section Championships, two Southern California Sub-Division Championships, and two Southern California State Championships. Learn more about the league at www.ellbaseball.org.