ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Little League junior division Elks lost their final regular season game to Venice 11-2 Saturday at the Englewood Sports Park.
Englewood finished the regular season with an 11-3 record. All of its games were against Venice.
Matthew Whitmore and Devyn Kirsten pitched for the Elks, but were hurt by errors. “They did a good job pitching,” said Elks manager Sean Kirsten. “But we need to work on both our offense and defense. We’ve played well most of the season but we need to improve.”
Now, the District 16 all-star tournament awaits Englewood’s junior division players. Kirsten will be the manager and he can announce the members of the team June 1. The tournament will be mid-June, and Englewood will again play Venice. The winner will advance to the regional tournament, where they will play for a spot in the sectional tournament.
Battle of the Borders
Kirsten also is the manager of the Englewood major division Key Agency team. It is playing in the Battle of the Borders tournament this week at North Port’s Awater Community Park.
Also in the tournament are Englewood’s Lemon Bay Funeral Home and R.J. LaBadie Constriction teams, plus squads from North Port and Venice. Key Agency was to play Roberts Insurance of Venice at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday night.
Today, Lemon Bay Funeral Home is scheduled to take on the Lawyers from Venice at 6:30 p.m. and LaBadie will meet the North Port Little League regular-season champion Tigers, also at 6:30 p.m. The Tigers and the Rays are the two best North Port teams. Games also will be played Thursday, Saturday and Monday. The tournament will end Monday if there aren’t any rainouts.
Kirsten will be an assistant coach of the Englewood 10-12 all-stars in the District 16 tournament. Lemon Bay Funeral Home manager Shane Whitehead is the Englewood 10-12 manager for the all-stars.
Kirsten also plans to manage a 12-under team and a 14-under team after all the all-star tournaments are finished.