Galva youth teams shine on diamonds: 3 take titles

Doug Boock

Galva youth baseball and softball teams concluded their seasons in a big way, with three of the teams winning league championships, and another on winning second.

The Galva 1 Little League team capped a 12-0 season in the Bi-County League by winning the league tournament on July 16, defeating Altona 9-3.

The team, which also won the league regular season title, was coached by Todd Hagerty and Bill Kelly. Players were Jake Martin, Caine Ingram, Matt Hagerty, A.J. Stone, Cameron Kelly, Austin Rochelle, Drake Stahl, Dalton Spivey, Todd Hagerty, Kyle Leverette, Billy Comer, Bill Kelly, Sam Anderson and Sam Gerard.

The Hometown Express Galva 1 junior girls softball team went 13-2 overall, winning both the Bi-County League and Bi-County League tournament. They downed Cambridge 2 by an 8-0 score on July 16 to win the league tournament.

Hometown Express Galva 1 team members included Payton Weston, Kaci Gibbs, Emilyann Wexell, Josie Williams, Kayla Kendall, Katie Larson, Edan Rasmussen, Emily McGowan, Emily Droege, Ashley Price, Amy Johnson, Kim Larson, Kristen VanDeVelde and Coaches Rob Weston and Chad Gibbs.

The Galva 2 (gold) Pee Wee team overcame great odds by winning the Bi-County League tournament championship on July 16, despite being the 11th-seed in the 11-team field. Team members included Caelin Foley, Zach Niemeyer, Drew Kistler, Sumner Strom, Ryan Platt, Lorenzo Tull, Carter Lambert, Tanner Klein, Carey Meyer, Dan Zahm, Cameron Meyer, Jerrod Cortes, Ethan Peterson, Jonah Zahm, and Coaches Dan Meyer, Jon Zahm, Jason Klein and Dave Platt.

The Galva 2 Intermediate Girls team (grades 6-8), won second place in the league tournament, falling to Oneida in the title game July 16. Team members included Mackenzie Kitterman, Melanie Edmonds, Jennifer Jones, LeAnn Meyer, Samantha DeSmit, Payton Suddeth, Lindsey Meyer, Allison Hagerty, Curran O’Riley, Leah Anderson, Samantha Lain, Kendra Clark, Makayla Peterson and Coaches Karly Johnston, Al Johnston and Gary Edmonds.

For photos of all four teams, see the July 23 Galva News.