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Whitestown Little League in state tourney

By MIKE LEVIN

WHITESTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - For the second time, the Whitestown Little League All-Stars have made it to the state tournament.  The team will face the Bronx Monday at 11:00 a.m. in Cicero.  The last time Whitestown made it this far was back in 2006.

The boys have defeated towns with much higher polls of players with which to choose, including Maine-Endwell in the Section 2 semifinal and Baldwinsville in the championship game.  Whitestown has just 35 players in their 11-12 year old division playing.

"We're going to go there, these kids have great attitudes, they have a lot of fun," head coach Rich Gnatek said before practice on Saturday.  "I think that's part of who we are.  We've had a lot of comments on our program at districts and sections.  That stuff makes me feel better than anything, the class we have, the way the kids act.  Winning is great, that's for them.  But it's more important to me, people who have seen them for the first time.  Make them remember Whitestown was a good group of kids, they knew how to play baseball, they knew how to act."

If they win the state title, Whitestown would advance to the regionals in Connecticut, then the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvannia.

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