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History

History of our program:

Lehigh Little League was founded in 1952 and incorporated in 1953. Comprised of only two fields, the first complex was located at 14th and Gary Streets in West Bethlehem. At that time, there was no girls' program. The boys' program consisted of Minor, Farm, and Major Divisions.

After a one year move to Central Park in West Bethlehem, the League moved to its current site at Illick's Mill Road. The League has been located there for approximately 30 years.  The League has grown to five divisions for Boys' Baseball and five divisions for Girls' Softball. An Instructional League serves both boys and girls for tee ball.

In 2001, the League opened its new state-of-the-art Junior / Senior Baseball complex. The "Gene Ashner Field of Dreams" complex consists of a combination concession / meeting room / restroom building and a regulation baseball field with two oversize dugouts and an irrigation system. The building was dedicated and named the "Joyce Ashner Fieldhouse." The field is well lit for night games.

In addition to being devoted to instruction, training and competition during the regular season, Lehigh Little League has excelled in tournament play over the years. Since 1989, Lehigh Little League has won a great number of the District 20 Titles and has also won a number of Section IV Championships. Lehigh has recently won four State Championship Titles.

In 2000, the Senior Girls won the Pennsylvania State Championship and were the Eastern Regional Finalists.

In 2002, the Major Boys won the Pennsylvania State Championship and were the Eastern Region, Mid-Atlantic Finalists. They ended that season one win away from a trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

In 2004, the Farm Boys won the Pennsylvania State Championship. This team went undefeated throughout the District, Sectional and State Tournaments.

In 2005, the Farm Boys, Farm Girls, Major Boys, and Major Girls all won the District 20 Title for their respective divisions. The Farm Boys and the Farm Girls both advanced to the Pennsylvania State Championship Tournaments.

In 2006, the Farm Boys, Farm Girls, Major Boys, and Major Girls all won the District 20 Title for their respective divisions. The Farm Boys and the Major Boys both advanced to the Pennsylvania State Championship Tournaments.

In 2007, the Farm Girls, Major Boys, Major Girls, and Junior Boys all won the District 20 Title for their respective divisions. The Junior Boys, Major Boys, and Major Girls all advanced to the Pennsylvania State Championship Tournaments.

In 2008, the Farm Girls, Farm Boys, Major Boys and Major Girls all won the District 20 and the Section 6 Titles for their respective divisions. The Major Boys and Farm Girls both reached the Pennsylvania State Championship Tournaments.

In 2009, the Farm Girls and the Major Girls both won the District 20 Title. The Farm girls went on to win the Section 6 Title and the Pennsylvania State Championship.

In 2010, the Farm Boys and the Farm Girls both won the District 20 Title. Once again, the Farm Girls won the Section 6 Title. They once again reached the finals of the Pennsylvania State Championship, but did not repeat.

In 2015, the Farm Boys and Major Boys both won the District 20 Title and the Section 6 Title.  Both played in the Pennsylvania State Championship, but were eliminated from play.

The objective of the League is to implant firmly in the youth of the community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage, and reverence, so that they may be finer, stronger and happier, and will grow to be good, clean, healthy adults.

This objective is achieved by providing supervised competitive athletic games while remembering that attaining skills and winning games is secondary to molding future adults.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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