The Cranston National Budlong senior Little League softball team had a great season this summer, cruising to a state title over Warwick North and advancing to the regional tournament.
Although the summer ended a little sooner than the club had hoped, it still is celebrating the historic success that it had and was honored by Cranston Mayor Allan Fung at city hall on Tuesday morning.
Fung gave each girl a certificate of congratulations and chatted with the players and their families.
“This is our second time being honored by the mayor and he is always so involved with us. We appreciate how much he does for us, this is a great honor for the girls. We want them to take pride in representing not only their city but their state in the softball tournament we played in. It’s a wonderful experience,” said Budlong coach Dan Cote on Tuesday.
Cote was proud of the work that the girls put in during the summer season, and the commitment they showed to the team.
“The season was about two and a half months but it flew by. I remember standing there at the beginning of the season when we were getting ready to go. This is an absolutely dedicated team, I have high expectations for them and they came through. I couldn’t be happier to coach this group of girls,” said Cote.
Cranston softball has hit an impressive peak in the past few years, with the Budlong seniors winning the state title and the junior club making it all the way to the Little League World Series in Kirkland, Washington. Cote feels that the city’s commitment to youth sports as well as the strong coaching staffs is what has led to so much consistent success.
“It’s amazing the success we’ve had from both the softball teams and the baseball teams,” said Cote. “It’s really a credit to the system that has been built here from the recreational system and again that goes back to the city and the mayor … developing our girls is the reason that you see so much success.”