DENVER – The East Lincoln Optimist Club recently crowned its baseball champions in the Rookie League (7-8 years old), Minor League (9-10 years old) and Major League (11-12 years old).
As a volunteer organization, one of the club’s primary focuses is to provide youth sports programs in the Denver area, offering football, cheerleading and volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter, and baseball and softball in the spring, with varying age groups for each sport.
The Major League championship game was a thriller, with the Yankees defeating the Giants 10-8 in an extra-innings game June 8, while the Cubs defeated the Dodgers 5-3 in the Minor League championship game June 5.
The Mets were champions of the Rookie League for the second consecutive season, defeating the Cardinals 14-6 to cap an undefeated season.
Unlike baseball, in which there are enough players to form leagues consisting solely of teams from Lincoln County, the East Lincoln Optimist Club softball teams play against teams from Lake Norman and Mallard Creek. The East Lincoln Fireballs won the under-8 championship and were the only East Lincoln softball team to claim a title.