In-Game Interview: Eric Staples (Sterling All-Stars Head Coach)
The LumberKings welcomed the 2011 Little League Softball World Series Champions, the Sterling All-Stars (Sterling, IL) to the game last night. The entire team and coaching staff were honored before the game against Kane County, just two days after defeating Midway (Waco, TX) 7-5 in the final game in Portland, Oregon.
I was joined in the booth by Sterling’s head coach, Eric Staples. An assistant on the 2008 Sterling team that finished third, Staples guided this year’s group to six wins in the tournament. Sterling, the Central Regional Champion, outscored opponents 58-9 and overcame a 3-0 deficit in the title game to unseat the 11-time champion Waco squad. Staples talks about his team and their incredible run to the title, just the second ever by a team from Illinois.
It was an honor having the team and their supporters at the game last night, it’s not often you get to honor the World Champions of a sport. Special thanks to LumberKings’ Director of Operations Mitch Butz for setting it all up.