ENDWELL, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) — The 2016 Little League World Series Champs are getting ready to hit the diamond for their last seven innings together, but this time for Maine-Endwell High School.
Jack Hopko, senior first basemen for the Spartans, says he is full of emotions as he takes the field with his best friends and teammates one last time.
“It’s honestly really bittersweet, these guys are my best friends; I’ve been playing ball with them since I was five, I even won a world title with them and it’ll soon all be over,” Hopko said.
Despite it all coming to an end very soon, Hopko said that this is just part of the game and what matters the most is the experience he has been able to capture throughout the years.
“All good things must end, but I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to share this with,” Hopko said.
James Fellows, another senior for the Spartans, is also looking forward to potentially taking home one more title with his best friends.
“We’ve had our fun, we matured and the only thing that’s on our mind right now is winning a state title,” Fellows said.
Fellows said that his experience winning a world title has been like no other but he doesn’t let it affect the way he plays today.
“The past is in the past, yeah we won a world title, but we could lose any normal game if we let our past performances get ahead of us in any way,” Fellows said.
The Spartans will be playing this Saturday, June 4. The time has yet to be determined.