3. Can the WULL win another World Series?
Between 2009 and
2015, the West
League won three
Senior Little League
World Series championships in Bangor, Maine, bringing global
notoriety to the city. Are they due to win it again in 2020? And
what about the Intermediates 50/70 or the West University
Junior 14s? The intermediates have made it to the World Series
in California three different times in the past eight years, but
came up just short of the prize while the Juniors have been
annual participants at the Southwest Regional in Albuquerque,
N.M. but are still trying to break through and make it to the
finals in Taylor, Mich.
All three teams are talented, deep, and battle-tested when the
Little League playoffs begin, evidenced by their abilities to
make a convincing run at bringing home the championship
banner. But it seems just one more hit or maybe a couple of
more key outs are the difference between coming up short or
being part of a big victorious dogpile on the pitcher’s mound
after the final game.
The West University Little League does allow Bellaire players
to participate in those three older leagues because the Bellaire
Little League doesn’t extend past Majors 12, but the Little
League Association in Williamsport, Pa. does not allow those
out-of-town players to be part of all-star teams. If they were,
could that mean the difference between winning a world
championship and coming up just a bit short?
4. Can the Bellaire HS baseball team make a deep
For a few decades, the
Bellaire High School
baseball team winning
the Region III-6A
tournament and making
an appearance at the state
semifinals or even the
finals, was almost a given
for Bellaire. First under
longtime coach Chuck
Knoblauch and then
Rocky Manuel, Bellaire was known not only across the state but
across the country as a baseball power.
But in the past few seasons, the Cardinals have found
themselves exiting the playoffs early and in 2017 they failed to
make it at all, placing fifth in their HISD District. Now former
player and former assistant coach Nick Ozuna is in charge and
working hard to take the Cardinals back to those glory days.
He has gotten the Cardinals back to the top of District 18-6A, a
big first step for a program that seemed to have fallen behind
Lamar HS and Westside HS just a couple of years ago.