That win put them at 5-0 and into the championship game.
“The exciting thing for me and my coaches is that now we’ve laid the groundwork for success in the future,” said Gonzalez-Pino, who went out of his way to credit assistant coaches Javier Cardoso Jr. and Oscar Colindres Sr. as well for the team’s success. “I can’t thank not only the kids but the parents of these kids enough for showing the faith in Javi, Oscar and myself for trusting their kids to us and knowing we would do things the right way.”
And what Gonzalez-Pino is now looking forward to is word spreading about the success the Miami Springs Little League 9- and 10-year-olds enjoyed.
“It still hurts a little right now,” Gonzalez-Pino said following the game. “But it’s obvious that our parents have bought into this and now hopefully the word will spread and we’ll be able to start going after more kids. Thanks to Otto (LL president Otto Camejo) hustling to get us new boundaries (stretching all the way north to Miami Lakes and west to Hialeah Gardens), we’ll be able to pull from a much larger pool of kids.”
The dilemma Gonzalez-Pino and his coaches will now face is what to do with this current minors team.
Some are 10 and slated to go up to majors while the 9-year-olds will stay down in minors.
“We’ll make decisions once we get into the fall season but what we might do in order to keep them together is let them play the 10-11s,” Gonzalez-Pino said, referring to a kind of hybrid “in-between” division of Little League. “My goal now during the offseason is to try to share this experience with anyone who will listen and convince them that Little League baseball in Miami Springs is the way to go.”