The Quakers Hill Pirates under-10s Little League Minors team have won the 2017 Coasties Cup in Gosford.
The Coasties Cup has been running for 23 years and showcases some of the best Little League and Junior League talent from across the state.
Made up of under-8s to under-10s, the Pirates side held on for a tense 12-11 win in the grand final.
Coach and Pirates club vice president Danny Vella said he and co-coach Stephen Ryan were proud of the way the youngsters played in the tournament after adding some younger players into the mix.
“It was heart-stopping,” he said of the final.
“My stomach was turning all the way through until the end. I can’t stress enough how equally all the kids contributed throughout the tournament, even the younger ones contributed all the way through the tournament.”
It was a close game throughout with the teams trading the lead throughout the match.
After holding a three-run lead in the penultimate sixth-inning but the Pirates Rascals would only let in two runs before Christopher Morgan’s catch at first base closed out the game.
Held in the middle week of the school holidays, Vella said it was becoming a “tradition” for Quakers Hill and was beneficial for the younger players.
“It helps them because they get a taste of what real ball is really like,” he said.
“In the Saturday comp you get a lot of kids who just play for the fun of the game but a lot of these kids that go away for the tournaments are hungry for the win.”
Vella said it was a great tournament for the Junior League team as well, finishing third after a close 2-0 loss to the Castle Hill Knights, won the tournament.
It was a family affair for the Vella’s as well with Lincoln, 8, playing his first year at the tournament while Lachlan, 13, played his final season and Kylie Vella managing the team.