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Little League Dodgers' dominance spells 3-Peat

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Call it “Dodgers Dominance” but the boys in blue won their third consecutive Little League Championship this week in convincing fashion. Manager Donald Greer saw his team run away from the pack after dropping an early season game to the Marlins. The team was 2-1 when Petie Pavusek and Timothy Grindstaff returned after playing junior high baseball. From that point they completely dominated the opposition.

They won their final 11 games getting by the Angels in a couple of close affairs and the Marlins in another one. It was a very rewarding season according to Greer.
“I don’t know if anyone has ever won three in a row and it’s been a long time ago if they have,” said Greer. “Getting Petie and Timothy back was huge. We just kept getting better and better after they returned. Plus a lot of our younger players kept improving.”
The team returned nine players from the previous season and was blessed with an outstanding pitching staff. Stacy Greer, Petie Pavusek, Grindstaff, Ethan Icenhour and Austin Campbell all toed the rubber and were effective.

“Stacy, Timothy and Petie threw most of the games,” said Greer. “Ethan Icenhour pitched well and so did Austin Campbell. They weren’t just throwers. Every one of them knew how to pitch.”
The quintet wasn’t the Dodgers only strong suit.
Greer, Pavusek and Grindstaff battered the ball, hitting for hefty averages. Icenhour swung a mean stick and played well in the infield.
They also got some help from a pair of young guns.
Payton Pavusek caught several games as a 10-year old and hit the ball well. Ezra Howard was the nine-year-old who held down the starting job at second base.

“Peyton is a natural baseball player,” added Greer. “He’s been around it all his life with his dad coaching high school. He picks up on things well. Ezra started hitting the socks off it late in the year. He also made several good plays for us at second.”
Payton, Ezra and Dakota Holt will represent the Dodgers on the 9-10-year-old All-Star team.
“Dakota can run like a deer,” said Greer. “He bats left and throws left. He’s small but he wants to get better. He’s going to be a very good player.”

Campbell held down the first base position while playing as a 10-year-old. He and Omar Linares were key cogs, too, according to Greer.
“Austin just kept getting better,” added Greer. “Omar played two years ago and came back to play his final year. He played several great games for us. Everyone on our team played a big role in our success.”
Greer, Petie Pavusek, Grindstaff and Icenhour will represent the Dodgers on the 11-12 year old squad

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