The 2013 state champion 10-11-year-old Morrisville Little League Team and 2013 Pennsylvania girls’ wrestling 112-pound Folkstyle champion Kaitlin Fitzpatrick were recently honored with PA State House citations from representatives Steve Santarsiero and John Galloway in Harrisburg. The Morrisville Little League Team defeated Montoursville 10-3 in the championship game played in Mansfield on August 1st to give the team its first state title since 1955.
Kaitlin, a senior at Pennsbury High School, won her title on March 10th in her junior year.
Morrisville recorded 11 wins to only one loss in its title run. During the 12-game span, Morrisville batted .441 as a team, outscored its opponents 149-57 and hit 28 home runs. The team’s only postseason loss was in extra innings to Lionsville in the second round of the playoffs, after which it responded with a 3-0 victory in the next round.
The Pennsylvania girls’ Folkstyle State Championships is the de-facto state championship for girls’ wrestling in the commonwealth. In May, Kaitlin’s season continued at the FILA Body Bar Women’s National Championships in Lakeland, FL. She competed at 108 pounds in the Cadet freestyle division for 15- to 17-year-olds and finished second.
“The bar for youth who compete in sports has never been higher,” said Santarsiero, D-Bucks. “That’s why it’s imperative we take the opportunity to honor a young athlete for his or her accomplishment. It is continually humbling to hear about the time and effort that they put into their training, school work, and home lives. Their accomplishments are truly a testament to their work ethic and serve as a model to not only their peers, but their parents, coaches and fans as well.”
“Little League and other youth sports are a very good thing for young folks,” said Galloway, D-Bucks. “They teach sportsmanship, how to win with dignity and how to lose with grace. They teach important skills like working as a team and dealing with adversity, so congratulations to the players and coaches.”
PHOTO CAPS: 1. From left, Speaker of the PA House Sam Smith, Kaitlin Fitzpatrick, Rep. John Galloway and Rep. Steve Santarsiero.
2. From left, Rep. Steve Santarsiero, with members of the 2013 state champion 10-11-year-old Morrisville Little League Team, manager Tony DiMario, coach Nick Spadea, Stephen Cianci, Owen Sorrentino, Alexander Borda, Jordean Sesar, Devin Sweeney, Killian Brennan, William Binder, Tyler Babel, Sam Spadea, Cory DiMario, coach Bill Tuite, and coach Matt Babel. At right is Rep. John Galloway.