Loading...
Bless our hearts as Edmund Burke quoted: The only thing necessary for the triump of evil is for good men(and women) to...

Emotions hit hard in Williamsport

Gville vs MW-8.jpg
1 of 5

Tysheika Daniels watches Little League World Series action from the stands at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa.

Gville vs MW-22.jpg
Gville vs MW-21.jpg
Gville vs MW-4.jpg
Gville vs MW 2-21.jpg
Loading…

BY RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Sunday, August 20, 2017

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Tysheika Daniels is a single mom with five children, so naturally she is a strong woman. She prefers to keep her emotions inside.

When the stresses and hardships of life do get to her, it happens when she is in her car listening to moving music and by herself.

The tears might not come until later for Daniels, who like the other Greenville North State moms is living in the moment and taking a day-to-day approach to being a parent at the Little League World Series. Outfielder Cash Daniels-Moye is Daniels’ only son and he is in his second year with Greenville Little Leagues.

This trip would not be possible without help from many people, and with Daniels that starts with her boss, JW Blair, at her job with Online Information Services. Daniels received some extra money from her work before she left Greenville, and Blair helped her relax with his farewell remarks.

“I told my boss that I was going to get back as soon as I can, but he said: ‘No, I want you to stay the whole 10 days,’” Daniels said Friday about nine hours before North State completed a 6-0 win in its first game at the double-elimination event.

The players and coaches are housed by Little League International at the World Series complex, but parents are on their own and hotels aren’t cheap. Places that would have cost $80 or $90 a night to stay at a few weeks ago can be at least $150 per night during the LLWS.

This also marks the fourth and final tournament for North State, none of which were in Greenville. The Southeast Regional was held in Warner Robins, Ga.

Donations have helped the parents, especially those who do not get paid vacation from their work. A big boost should come soon with a matching $20,000 pledge by Bagelman owner John Grillo.

“This really is a team effort,” team mom Wagner Grubb said.

A great example of the families sticking together happened last fall when Daniels-Moye was still a relative newcomer to Greenville Little Leagues and his family had to evacuate their housing when Hurricane Matthew hit eastern North Carolina.

They live in the Greenville Housing Authority area of West Meadowbrook that saw various levels of flooding. In the aftermath of the hurricane, the Hardee family of North State shortstop Carson Hardee stepped in and welcomed them to their home for two weeks as recovery efforts were happening at West Meadowbrook.

These kind of moments are what Daniels likes to describe as “positive energy” associated with youth baseball. That includes when Daniels-Moye was introduced to the sport at age 4 through T-ball with Community Christian and he also played with the Jackie Robinson Baseball League before joining Little League.

“Because of baseball, look what has happened,” Daniels said. “Morganton is the trip (for the state tournament) when I decided that I don’t regret not one day the sacrifices that I have made for him. All I am concerned about is how he feels and to keep him grounded and away from the streets.

“Anything that I can do to keep him on a positive level, I don’t care how much it costs or how far I have to go.”

Grubb said families spent about $3,500 each this summer by the start of the World Series on Thursday. Donation money covered most of their hotel stays for the first five nights in Williamsport, but they will likely have to regroup in the coming days to work out more funds and distribution.

Coach Brian Fields is cognizant of the parents’ dedication and the support shown to the team by Pitt County businesses and residents. He has tried to give the players as much free time as possible at the Little League World Series, stressing that they need to make sure to save time for their parents.

“Greenville is a baseball community and they have been behind us and it’s been amazing to see,” Fields said. “These boys do thrive off that a little bit.”

Daniels-Moye has soaked in this experience in similar fashion as the other players, saying great memories have been made already during interactions with foreign players. But he also is aware that his mom is in the stands for games.

“I know she’s proud of how far I have come,” he said.

At the grandest stage that youth baseball can provide, emotions are aplenty at this point in a summer-long journey. That’s true even for Daniels.

“To reach here, I am just ecstatic for him,” she said. “And for him to be as humble as he is, it just makes it all the better.”

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.

Loading…

Humans of Greenville

@HumansofGville

Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.

Sports

July 18, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I. — In the lead spot to start at quarterback for American Athletic Conference preseason favorite UCF is senior Notre Dame transfer Brandon Winbush.

Veteran QBs at Memphis (Brady White) and South Florida (Blake Barnett) both were at Arizona State earlier in their careers. Barnett,…

101418ECUfootball-12.jpg

July 18, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I.

East Carolina was picked fifth in the American Athletic Conference football East Division for the second straight year in the league preseason poll, but more important than the poll’s release Tuesday during AAC media days was the confident and persistent presence of ECU…

021418ECUbasketball-7.JPG.JPG

July 17, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I. — Coach Mike Houston remains optimistic yet not in position to announce whether or not Traveon Freshwater will be on East Carolina football’s roster for this season.

The former Elizabeth City Northeastern High School star running back and linebacker signed with ECU in…

081818Footballrecruits-2.jpg.jpg

July 16, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I. — Mike Houston has been in this position before, bracing to prove doubters wrong.

It began with his first head coaching job in 2001 at T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville, when his team was picked in the preseason eighth out of nine teams but thrived during the season to take…

IMG_2422 (1).jpg

July 16, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I. — Standing in front of American Athletic Conference “Power Six” logos on Tuesday, conference commissioner Mike Aresco was persistent that he thinks the American is strong enough to not immediately replace Connecticut when the Huskies leave for the Big East.

Aresco…

IMG_2415 (1).jpg

July 16, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I. — East Carolina athletics director Jon Gilbert found time to put on a swimsuit by mid-afternoon Monday, and ECU football coach Mike Houston sneaked in advice to Pirate receiver Deondre Farrier on the proper cracker-to-oyster ratio when Houston was between interviews at American…

IMG_2404 2 6.18.29 PM.jpg

July 15, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I. — East Carolina is at American Athletic Conference football media days, equipped with first-year coach Mike Houston, first-year athletics director Jon Gilbert and senior receiver Deondre Farrier in his first visit to Newport.

Aside from veteran media relations director Tom…

IMG_2388 2 (1).jpg

July 15, 2019

A trio of first-year American Athletic Conference football coaches, including East Carolina's Mike Houston, heads to Newport, R.I., today for a first taste of seafood, interviews and more at AAC media days.

The other two newcomers are Temple's Rod Carey and Dana Holgorsen after his offseason…

120518ECUFootballHouston-1.jpg

July 14, 2019

The Minges Coliseum court is in under renovation as East Carolina’s basketball coaches also are working to reconstruct their teams that will play this year on a new-look Minges paint scheme.

Fresh from checking out a recent workout of men’s coach Joe Dooley’s squad, which this…

062619fantasycamp-10.jpg

July 13, 2019

Many East Carolina football fans know what Holton Ahlers will be doing in August and the ensuing months as the Pirates’ sophomore projected starting quarterback.

Others fans might have noticed the Greenville native was an ardent ECU baseball fan in June, but in July, he and other Pirate…

033119ECUFootball-2.jpg.jpg
328 stories in Sports. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 33
        Next Page»   Last Page»