Litchfield is the Softball Capital of New Hampshire — if not the United States

October 16, 2015

 

 

by Doug Robinson, Area News Group, and Rich Lascelles, Litchfield

Let’s just take a minute and look at the stats.

10U Litchfield Blast:  Trophy Case

Northeast Region Champion (Babe Ruth):  2013, 2014

Northeast Region 2nd Place (Babe Ruth):  2009

NH State Champion (Babe Ruth):  2008, 2009, 2013, 2014

NH State Champion (ASA):  2009

NH District Champion (Babe Ruth):  2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Litchfield Tournament Champion:  2008, 2009, 2010, 2012

Plymouth Tournament Champion:  2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Londonderry Tournament Champion:  2008, 2009, 2013, 2014

Somersworth Tournament Champion:  2013

12U LITCHFIELD BLAST:  Trophy Case

Northeast Region – Champion (Babe Ruth):  2015 (WS Participant)

*World Series Qualifier – Champion (Babe Ruth):  2012, 2014 (WS Participant)

*World Series Qualifier – 2nd Place (Babe Ruth):  2013 (WS Participant)

Northeast Region – 2nd Place (Babe Ruth):  2014

NH State Champion (Babe Ruth):  2011, 2014, 2015

NH State 2nd Place (Babe Ruth):  2008, 2009, 2010, 2013

NH District Champion (Babe Ruth):  2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015

Litchfield Tournament Champion:  2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015

Plymouth Tournament Champion:  2009, 2011, 2015

Londonderry Tournament* Champion:  2011, 2012, and 2014

“Think Pink” Tournament Champion (ASA):  2011, 2012

“Lowell B” Tournament Champion (ASA):  2015

And:  U12 Blast has been to the Babe Ruth World Series a total of four times.

Litchfield School:  Trophy Case (predominantly made of players who participated in LGSL & BLAST)

Litchfield Middle School Lady Raiders

NH Tri-County Champions Div. III

1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.  Undefeated Seasons 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015.

Litchfield Campbell High School Cougars

NH NHIA State Champions Div. III

2011, 2013, 2014, 2015

And, Campbell High School, during the last four years, has outscored their opponents 681 to 120.

And finally,

Division I College Players:

CHS graduate Chelsey Caynon is a junior at Seton Hall University

CHS Graduate Britt McNulla is a sophomore at the University of Virginia

 

Some may comment that “It is in the water.”  But that is not true, because the water Hudson drinks is pumped in from Litchfield.

So, what makes Litchfield so dominant?

In the World Series, the tiny town of Litchfield, who had 11 girls try out for the team, placed all 11 players on the team.  The young girls competed against other teams in other states that had thousands of players from which to draft for their teams.

However, the Litchfield girls’ Softball teams have absolutely dominated, and crushed most, if not all, who have jumped onto the playing diamond to challenge them.

Some may argue that the strength of the Litchfield’s team’s rests in the fact that Litchfield is a little more affluent than other communities and parents are in a position to offer the kids the opportunity to participate in clinics, summer programs, and other special opportunities which improve the play of the players.

But, the general theme, as discussed by those close to the softball teams, state that they “think their talent is due to a combination of several factors.

“Litchfield, historically, has been a blue collar and farming community,” said longtime Litchfield resident, Rich Lascelles.  “While Litchfield has become more affluent in recent years, the fundamental values of hard work and discipline remain at the core of why the girls are so good.”

But all will agree girls’ softball in Litchfield has become a culture of winning.  It has become a culture of hard work, discipline, and respect for one another, but most of all, for their love of the game, and that respect it brings to the Litchfield community.