Joey Romano is mid-swing during the Feather River All-Stars’ game against Woodcreek on July 20 in Healdsburg. Romano excelled at pitching as well, playing on the mound during the team’s 8-2 win over Santa Rosa two days later.
The Feather River All-Stars junior Little League baseball team, made up of players from Quincy, Portola and Loyalton, traveled down to Healdsburg last week and competed in the regional tournament.
In their third game July 23, the All-Stars were eliminated after losing 14-4 to Visalia. The Plumas County team started the tournament with a 13-3 loss to Woodcreek on July 20, then came back to beat Santa Rosa 8-2 two days later.
“The team had a great experience,” commented the team’s coach, Terry Baumgartner. “They learned a lot of baseball and had a lot of fun. They also got to see some good competition, that we hung right in with.”
The All-Stars found out they were heading to the regional competition after going undefeated in the section tournament at Feather River College on July 16. They were the first Little League baseball team to make it this far in Plumas County history.
With only two days notice before heading down south, the team fundraised for its trip. Due to the generous support of the Quincy, Portola and Loyalton communities, the team raised the $4,000 needed to make the trip within two days.
During a bye July 21, the team got to take a break from playing baseball and go watch some. The entire team, along with players and coaches, went to AT&T Park to watch the San Francisco Giants play.
All the competition the Feather River All-Stars faced came from much larger areas with more athletes to choose from. Visalia, for example, chose its team using the best players from 10 teams.
Bowdy Griffin and Cody Morrison were the All-Stars’ two hardest hitters. Joey Romano was also noted by Baumgartner as playing exceptionally well, pitching a winning game against Santa Rosa.
“We were really excited about getting that win against Santa Rosa,” continued Baumgartner. “It was well-deserved after going this far. To win was just that much more of an accomplishment for this team.”
The tournament marked the end for the Feather River All-Stars’ season. The team does plan, however, to make a special appearance during this year’s Fair Parade on Aug. 17.