In 1997 when we planted Carolina Forest Community Church we had a vision for our church to be the hub of all recreational sports for children in our community. Three years into the vision we were able to build a multi-purpose building which allowed us to start Carolina Forest Community Center, a place where children could experience a Christ Centered environment and build their character and athletic competence. In that building we started our first basketball league and were shocked when that first season over 300 children signed up. Next we built our first baseball field and then the vision really began to take off. By the second year Carolina Forest Community Center was running basketball, baseball and football leagues with hundreds of children participating. The Community Center is now in it’s 10th season and I’m proud to announce that The Carolina Forest Little League baseball team won the 2010 South Carolina State Championship title. Congratulations to Senior Pastor Rick Adkins, Coach Greg Lembcke and his team for this exciting victory. Below is the article from the Myrtle Beach local newspaper telling their story. The boys have traveled to Georgia and are playing in The South East Regional Tournament today! Watch for them on ESPN and pray that God will use them to be a strong testimony for Him as they represent Him, CFCC and SC Little League.
Carolina Forest Little League wins state title
By Todd Garvin – firstname.lastname@example.org
IRMO — The Carolina Forest All-Stars prayed for a stellar showing before the state tournament. On Wednesday, those prayers were answered. The 11- and 12-year-old Little League team from District 5 captured the South Carolina state championship Wednesday with a 10-5 win over Greenwood Abbeville to advance to the Southeast Regional next month in Warner Robbins, Ga. “It’s all still just surreal right now,” said coach Greg Lembcke. “We knew since coach-pitch that God had put a special group of kids together.
“It just shows you that with hard work, prayers are answered.” Answered prayers included a rally from a 4-1 deficit on Wednesday.
Carolina Forest plated three runs in the third to tie the game at four and then broke it open with four more runs in the fourth.
Jared Lembcke had two RBIs, Daniel Covert chipped in two RBIs and Aiden Stewart also had two RBIs, including a solo home run.
“I’ve never coached a more determined group of kids,” Greg Lembcke said. “We were confident that whoever we put in there was going to get the job done. “It was a total team effort.” Austin Schmitz struck out 10 in five innings to get the win. Dylan Roberts struck out a batter and enticed two popups to close out the six-inning game.
Carolina Forest will face host Georgia at 1 p.m. Aug. 7 in Warner Robbins. Other teams in the regional are North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and Alabama.