So today was the championship game of the little league world series in Williamsport. Pennsylvania and any time I watch the game I can’t help but think of the 2012 Wellesley South Little Leaguers who made town history capturing the town’s first ever state championship. The being said in this post, I want to take a look back at how they did it and relive the glory that was that 2012 Williamsport Tournament. The team, coached by Dave Rosenblatt, Matt Stein, and Blake Bentley started out in the District 10 tournament, entering their second year in the district, having won the district title the year before. For the second straight year the South finished first in their pool, and for the second straight year squared off with Wellesley North in the semifinals, knocking them out of the tournament and advancing to play Parkway in the district title game. It was a back and forth affair which ended with South pulling out the victory for their second straight district title. It was then on to the sectionals in Medford where South made easy work of South Boston, host Medford, and Hopkinton in the round robin before meeting Hopkinton again for the sectional title. This one was much closer as South was able to hold on for a 5-2 win propelling themselves for a second year in a row into the state finals, this time in Worcester. The team dropped its first game of that round robin against Acton Boxboro but bounced back with wins over Pittsfield South and Middleboro to earn a berth in the state championship game against that same Acton Boxboro team. This was another back and forth affair which saw the South boys trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, but then with 2 outs and 2 on John Frates etched his name into Wellesley town lore as he ripped a double to the right field wall scoring both runners and earning Wellesley South the towns first state title. The team then moved on to Bristol, CT for the New England regionals where the team split their 4 round robin games, beating Maine and New Hampshire, while falling to Vermont and Connecticut. The 2-2 record though earned the team in the berth in the semifinals where they took on New Hampshire once again, but unfortunately this time it was not meant to be as South fell 2-0. Despite coming up a little short of the ultimate goal, a trip to Williamsport, this team made memories that will last a lifetime, beating out over 160 other Massachusetts teams to earn the title state champion and being one of the final four teams in all of New England. Below you’ll find the roster for this now infamous team, that captivated an entire community during their magical run.