Taylor Northwest All-Stars in Little League State Tournament in Taylor

Members of an all-star baseball team from the Taylor Northwest Little League will get the opportunity to compete for the state championship in their own hometown.

Taylor Northwest won the the District 5 tournament on July 14, defeating the Rosedale Little League of Detroit, 8-5, at the Lincoln Park North Little League field.

The team of 12-year-olds qualified to compete for the state title, which begins July 21 on all four Little League fields in the city of Taylor. Taylor Northwest begins play at 9 a.m. Saturday against District 7 champion St. Clair on Northwest’s field at Wick and Westlake roads.

Taylor Northwest will be one of 16 district champions competing to be the best in Michigan. The winner of the state tourney advances to the Little League regional tournament in Indianapolis, Ind. World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Northwest went undefeated in the 14-team district tournament, defeating Romulus, 20-0; Brownstown, 9-0; Flat Rock, 14-7; Taylor Northeast, 12-4; and Rosedale in the championship game.

Other teams in the district were Taylor North Central, Taylor South, Lincoln Park American, Lincoln Park North, Huron, Melvindale, Redford American and Redford Central.

Manager Lanny Hall Jr. said 10 of the Taylor boys have been part of the Northwest all-star team since they were 7 years old – and they have not lost a game since then. In 2005, when the boys were 10-year-olds, they finished third in the state tournament held in West Branch.

That same year, the other three players on the current team were part of the 11-year-old state championship team from Taylor Northwest.

Players on the team are Dakota Foster, Jacob Morrow, Josh Henke, Nick Willetts, Austin Dubois, Dylan Woolley, Brett Hall, Eric Hicks, Andrew Surma, Austin Zub, Kyle Collett, Devin Goodwell and Zack Morris.

Coaches include Tim Woolley and Jason Donaldson. The league president is Lanny Hall Sr.

The state tournament fields include Taylor Northwest, Northeast (Wick between Monroe and Mortenview), North Central (Pardee north of Ecorse) and South (in Heritage Park on Pardee between Goddard and Northline).

A complete list of schedule of games and field locations, can be found here: http://www.cityoftaylor.com/node/13501

Northwest’s team chant is “One team, one dream.”

“I’ve got a good feeling about our team,” Hall said. “We’re ready to go. We’ve got a good group of kids. Everybody gets along and they all play together. There are no individuals on this team. They pick each other up.”

-- Dave Gorgon