July 16, 2014-- St. Louis Park Little League is honoring St. Louis Park resident and Little League All-Star Adrian Merfeld who passed away this week after a courageous battle with cancer.
Adrian Merfeld was diagnosed with Wilms’ Tumor in 2011, but continued to play baseball throughout his treatment. Merfeld played for the Apple Automatic AAA Minor League team this season and was made an honorary member of the All-Star team this week.
“For Adrian to take the field this season was a testament to his love of baseball, desire to push forward and be with friends. A true hero both on and off the field" said Merfeld’s coach, Jeff James.
This week, the St. Louis Park Little League Plus State Tournament teams will wear jerseys with Adrian’s initials and his number 10 on the sleeve.
This was Adrian’s fourth year as a St. Louis Park Little Leaguer. Adrian’s brother Avery also plays for St. Louis Park Little League.
The family has organized a celebration of Adrian’s life on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 2-5 PM (with a 3 PM memorial service) at the International Spanish Language Academy at 5959 Shady Oak Road in Minnetonka. (See invitation below).
St. Louis Park Little Leaguers are encouraged to wear their team jerseys to the service in honor of Adrian.
St. Louis Park Little League invites you to make a donation in Adrian’s honor to the Miracles of Mitch Foundation. Adrian’s sister Amelia has set-up a fundraising page for the Miracles of Mitch Triathalon. The money raised will help benefit other children and families battling cancer. Let's help get Adrian into the Miracles for Mitch Hall of Fame by helping raise over $1000 in pledges.
Adrian's teammates wearing his #10 at the June 29 game.
Thanks to all who showed up ready to play this season! Here are the fortunate players who have been selected to represent SLPLL in tournament play this season.
It is an honor and a priviledge to represent our city. Go Park!
|12's||11's||10's||9 Black||9 Orange|
|Players are listed in alphabetical order.||Divided into 2 teams|
|5||McClain||Einisman||Hokenson||James, Ben||Johnson, Zach|
|12||Weingart||Wyatt||Schmitz||Walsh, Brady||Smith, Oliver|
|Head Coach||Mark McClain||Tim Donahue||Rob Eberle||Rob Robello||David Serrano|
All Star Selection process 2014
The following criteria will be used to determine the team selection process for SLPLL Little league All-Star participation.
1. Player Availability
Players must be available for any/all practices and games
June 16-July 20
Absences must be approved by the head coach. Your players commitment to this was part of your LL registration
2. Majors Player vote. 12 year olds only.
12 yr old majors players will vote on their peers. The top 6 vote getters will make the team. Only 12 year olds vote. Only 12 year olds on the roster.
3. Coaches Recommendation
Based on regular season play and known player performance, your coach may nominate players from your LL team. Each coach will be supplied a list of players in each age group. Players skill and versatility are key components for all star consideration. Additionally, Coaches may recommend players from other teams.
4. Player Evaluation
Head coach of the all star team will be on hand to observe those players invited to player evaluation to be held on or before June 30th. Any optional evaluation session will be by invitation only. Head Coach will make a submit a preferred roster to the Player Selection
5. Player Selection Committee:
Player Agent / Commissioner / President will select the final teams with input from items 1-3 above. Final Team Rosters for ages 9-12 should be finalized on or before June 30th, 2014.
SLP LL is for everyone! While Little League International has denied our request to expand our Little League boundaries to include Minneapolis, residents of other communities are both welcomed and encouraged to participate in SLP Little League, sponsor a team and volunteer to coach! SLP LL will continue to work with Little League International to get our Minneapolis players eligible for the 12-year-old All Star Team. In the meantime - regardless of where your player lives or goes to school - they are welcome to play on an SLP Little League team!
- Matt Farley, President
- Matt Moran, President-elect
Registration for 2014 Little League is now closed. For more info: Contact Matt Farley
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