Warren Little League team goes undefeated

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A magical season just ended for a group of local baseball players who accomplished a feat rarely seen — they went undefeated.

The Warren Little League Fall Ball Minors team (players 9 to 11 years old) just ended its 7-0 season by finishing off Tiverton, 23-3 in the final game. The lopsided victory wasn't unexpected, either; over the course of the season the team outscored its opponents 102-27.

Through it all, coach Kim Terceiro watched her team progress from a scrappy bunch of boys at the beginning of the season to a hardcore group of kids who loved baseball, loved to play and compete, and couldn't get enough.

"They were an incredible group of boys," said Ms. Terceiro, who was in her first year of coaching the team. "They love baseball and they all played with heart. Don't get me wrong, they have skills, but these kids won because they wanted to, and they love baseball."

The season totals bely some of the difficulties the team faced. Its early games weren't blowouts and there were some close matches as well, including a tense victory over Barrington several weeks ago (7-6), and a 12-6 victory over rival Bristol toward the end of the season. Ms. Terceiro said that victory was especially sweet, as it ended Bristol's own undefeated run.

One thing that impressed her was the players' drive, Ms. Terceiro said. When practice was cancelled for rain or other reasons, "they all did whatever they could to make it up," even holding an indoor practice after the EEE mosquito scare forced the cancellation of an outdoor session.

The kids loved winning and competing, and it didn't take long for parents to buy into their excitement. By the end of the season, she said, "we were all caught up in the moment."

"They should be proud!"

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