Senior League baseball is the end of a very long journey in the current Little League system. Players begin as young as four and five years old these days and can continue to play until they are 16 if they so choose.
Over the years the teams get smaller and smaller and by the end all you have left is just enough to field a team but that just enough group really, really loves the game. June 15th the Biggs/Richvale Little League senior A’s crushed the Chico Central red team 14-6 to win the District 47 Tournament of Champions. Biggs played a very impressive tournament and their families should be very proud.
The team is very athletic and played well but what was also very obvious was superior coaching. Biggs is managed by Jeff Smith who has been with this group of kids for several years. Biggs has played in the Championship game with this bunch for the past four years only to come up short every time. But not this year! Smith had some very good help this year with Javier Solis coming down from the Biggs High School program to assist and Doug Roles played a huge part in the team’s success as well. Roles has been coaching Little League baseball in Biggs for 17 years and is the only manager besides Smith to win the Tournament of Champions for Biggs in at least the last 20 years. Roles previously managed two softball teams that won the whole thing. Once in 2006 and again in 2010. Although both Smith and Roles’ own children have “aged out” of Little League, the rumor is that the BRLL board is already trying to reel them back in for another round.
Biggs poured it on early and Hunter Roles had a no hitter going through three innings. Tyler Cole came in and did some good work as well, and Bryson “smoke” Roles finished things up on the mound. Brian Caro made some very sweet plays at shortstop and threw a couple of kids from Chico out from deep in the hole. Kameron Smith was very impressive behind the plate as Biggs’ “don’t even try to steal on me” catcher.
The entire team hit the ball well but Angel Sanchez had the most impressive hit of the night driving a shot to deep left center that helped score several runs. The entire community is very proud of coach Smith and his team.
The 2017 senior league champions are Kameron Smith, Brian Caro, Hunter Roles, Bryson Roles, Tyler Cole, Brendan Anthony, Jorge Castaneda, Angel Sanchez, Matt Starkey, Cheyden Jackson, Joe Melendez, and Greg Slusser. Christina Stohlman has been the long time “team mom’ for this crew. Congratulations to all!