One thing is certain, Roswell is on the rise. Hey, Roswell has a lot to be proud of. There is a lot going on in the city, but there are a lot of positives. Dominic Chavez is on the mend and getting better. Football is about to start, and school is going to start this week.
What’s really impressive was the turnout of the new Convention & Civic Center, as fans showed up in droves to support the Roswell Intermediate baseball team. The team took it on the chin with an 11-1 loss in six innings.
Lions Hondo president, Troy Oswald, and Noon Optimist president, Steve Dodson were on hand to promote goodwill and say how proud they were of the team and the joint venture of the league. This is only the second Roswell team to go to the Little League World Series in 63 years.
Several dignitaries, including mayor Dennis Kintigh was there, along with council member Juan Oropesa, and board of education member, Dr. Kathleen Pittman, all on hand to mingle and cheer the team on.
The team made a remarkable comeback after losing to Southeast in their first game of the World Series, 20-8. The Roswell team went on a five-game winning streak and found their way into the championship game against the undefeated Southeast team. It was a close game for three innings, but four errors would end up costing the team any chance of winning as they gave up five runs in the fourth inning.
“We had trouble hitting the curveball today,” Kyle Stokes said. “I’m not making excuses, we ran into great pitching. Errors did hurt us.”
The team has a lot to be proud of in making it this far. Being in the losers’ bracket forced them to play every day and the only day they had off was Friday. It will be a summer these boys will remember and talk about for the rest of their lives as they get ready to go back to school.
Southwest manager Kyle Stokes said, “The kids were exhausted today.”
The Southeast team had two days off while the Southwest team only had one day of rest between games. It would have been a tough game anyway because Southeast was undefeated. Southwest has been on the road and played virtually every day of the tournament with no days off and little rest in between games.
When school commences and the teachers ask their classes what they did for summer vacation, the boys of summer will laugh and say, “Where do we begin?” No one will believe the stories these kids will be able to tell now and in the future. This team has helped galvanize the city with a positive message and pulled the community together.
“Thank you, Roswell, for the support and prayers,” Stokes said. “We finished No. 2 in the nation. Wish we could have ended up being No. 1. Our kids played with a lot of heart and excitement. Thank you, Roswell, for going on this journey with us and believing in us — we did our best for you, Roswell.”
Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or firstname.lastname@example.org.