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KCLL's First District 5 Championship Team - 9/10 Little League All Stars 
Colorado Springs, CO – July 17, 2011 – In 2011, the road to Williamsport, PA. and the Little League World Series ran through the Ken Caryl Little League (KCLL).  The KCLL 9/10 All Star team won the District 5 Championship on Sunday July 18 at Focus on the Family Fields in Colorado Springs in a decisive fashion 10 - 0 over the Dry Creek All Stars.
KCLL advanced through the winner’s bracket in game one with a 12 - 2 win over the Tri-Lakes All Stars of Colorado Springs, pounding  12 hits and solid pitching from John Collum and Emmet Ela. Brayden Roybal, Ryan Irvine. Ela delivered 2 hits in the game. 
KCLL then won a nail biter coming out on top with a win over traditional powerhouse Academy Little League 8 to 7. The win was back and forth with KCLL using 5 pitchers to close out the game. Tommy Rogers threw 3 quality innings with Sammy Richards, Jake Roybal, Sam Low and Garrett Bunevich adding to the rotation.
Scoreboard operators were busy at the field as KCLL then out lasted Dry Creek Little League 11 to 8. Dry Creek had the lead early, but KCLL had other plans for the final outcome, overcoming an 8 run deficit on a two-run triple by Sam Low, capping an 11 run 5th inning. Joey Hammond added 3 hits and Timmy Russum added 3 RBI to lead the hitting charge. Richards closed out the game on the hill backed up by solid defensive plays all around. Irvine added to the defensive effort with a web gem, diving grab behind 2nd base.
KCLL then dropped the first game of the championship to the Dry Creek team who came back through the consolation bracket. The championship banner was within sight as KCLL jumped out to an early 8 to 3 lead but ended up on the short end of an 8 to 13 outcome. In game two of the championship series, KCLL jumped out to an early lead on Dry Creek and captured a 10-0 victory. A bases loaded walk by Ethan Martinez and an RBI single by Cullom in the first inning and a two-run double by Russum in the second inning helped to put some runs on the board early. Russum did his best to jumpstart the offense, reaching base four times as did Brayden Roybal. Collum kept Dry Creek off the scoreboard tossing a complete game shutout, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate on four hits while ringing up four.

With the District title win, the All-Stars advanced to the Little League State Tournament on Thursday, July 21. The All Stars started hot with a win over District 3 Champion, Grand County Little League, but ran into some very solid competition dropping the first semi-final game to a hot hitting District 1 Champion, Fruita Monument Little League. The All Stars then came up short against District 2 Champion, North Boulder Little League in semi-final game two, wrapping up the most successful tournament season in KCLL history with a 3rd in State finish!

9/10 All Star Players(regular season team):
  • Emmett Ela (Timber Rattlers)
  • Brian Gillen (Timber Rattlers)
  • Ryan Irvine (Diamond Jaxx)
  • Tommy Rogers (Diamond Jaxx)
  • Garrett Bunevich (Diamond Jaxx)
  • Ethan Martinez (Storm)
  • Sammy Richards (Storm)
  • Jake Roybal (River Bandits)
  • Sam Low (Redbirds)
  • Joey Hammond (Redbirds)
  • John Collum (Redbirds)
  • Timmy Russum (Redbirds)
  • Brayden Roybal (Redbirds)
  • Ben Kaschmitter (Redbirds)
Coachs: Lance Roybal (Redbirds), Ken Martinez (Storm), Tony Roybal (Redbirds)