Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Host Fourth Annual Little League Challenger Division Classic
More than 600 Little League Challenger Division participants gathered at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, to participate in the Fourth Annual Bank of America Orange County Little League Challenger Division Classic.
All teams participating were from Orange County, Calif., and represented Districts 55, 62 and 68. Each team played one two-inning game on the outfield grass at the stadium. Players were assisted by buddies from their leagues as parents cheered on from the stands.
“The games gave hundreds of children and their families an opportunity to enjoy an experience that will stay with them for a lifetime,” Sam Ranck, League Development Manager and Director of the Challenger Division, said. “The opportunity to play baseball at a Major League stadium is a dream of millions of children across the country. This dream could not have been realized for these children today without the cooperative effort of many local Challenger Division volunteers in Orange County as well as the support of the Los Angeles Angels and Bank of America.”
Prior to each of the day’s games, a moment of silence was held to remember Michael Cabral, a fellow Challenger player with cerebral palsy who passed away shortly before the event. Players wore a commemorative patch on their jerseys bearing Michael’s name and jersey No. 1.
Members of the Angels and alumni also participated in this year’s event. Among those in attendance were Angels’ second baseman Howie Kendrick and former Angels’ players Matt Luke, Clyde Wright and Bobby Grish. The players visited each game to help out on the field.
At the conclusion of each game, every player was awarded a medal for their participation.