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Connexxion Junior Player of the Year – Jacob Stamatakos

March 16:  

Junior baseball at Sandringham is in a great place …. you only had to checkout Junior Presentation night!

With standing room only at the Royals Clubroom, it was terrific to see how many kids and parents have chosen to spend the summer at Jack Guiliano Field.

It comes as no surprise then that a successful Sandringham Royals junior season goes hand in hand with the continued support of one of the Club’s longest and most significant junior sponsors; Connexxion Business Solutions.

Since first becoming involved with the Royals, Connexxions – an integrated software and business solutions business, has chosen to focus its sponsorship on junior baseball. As such the Club formulated a monthly award and dinner to acknowledge a player from every junior team to be nominated for a Connexxion’s Award.

It is an important award within the Club structure, as it seeks to recognise players who make a contribution to their team – but who aren’t necessarily a team’s MVP.

At the completion of the season ALL monthly award winners become eligible to win the Connexxion Junior Player of the Year.

We have had some outstanding winners in years gone by, and this year was no exception.

Jacob Stamatakos has been playing baseball at Sandringham for a couple of years now, and for the first time this year joined the Royals Little League Minor A program; a Sunday morning kid pitch competition that is a fantastic step between the coach pitch game, and Little League Major.

Jacob had an outstanding season – and he proved that hard work is its own reward. Unfortunately Jacob’s season was interrupted by illness and injury that meant he was unable to play or train at times. His commitment to the sport, and his team was remarkable however, and watching him make every effort to do his best, along with whatever was asked of him was truly inspiring. By seasons end Jacob’s skill had improved dramatically along with confidence.

As part of his award, Jacob received a voucher to be spent at a local baseball supplier – and he seems pretty happy with his purchase!

A massive thank you to Andrea, Jacob’s mum, for forwarding this image to us; and congratulations to Jacob.

Seems like he is ready for season 16/17 already!

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