Northwood’s run to the Little League World Series was special for former players, too, including South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook.
Holbrook was a member of Northwood’s 1983 state championship team. He has enjoyed reminiscing with former teammates.
“One of the neat things is we’ve reconnected. My teammates have reconnected in the last two or three weeks because this current Northwood team did so well,” he said. “We got to reflect back on our time and then we started reaching out to each other and having some conversations. That’s been really neat.”
Holbrook said it had been decades since he had spoken with some former teammates.
“I saw some guys, one of my teammates in particular in the last couple of weeks, that I really haven’t talked to in the last 25 or 30 years,” he said. “This year’s team, because of its accomplishments, made me reflect back on my time and also made me reach out to some old friends that I hadn’t talked to.”
This year’s Northwood team was the first South Carolina team since 1950 to reach the Little League World Series. The team from Taylors won its opener in the tournament before dropping its next two games in heartbreaking fashion, each by one run.
Northwood arrived home from Williamsport, Pa. on Thursday and was greeted by a large crowd, cheering and thanking them for representing South Carolina.
Holbrook reached out to the team several times throughout the past couple of weeks to congratulate Northwood and wish it luck.
“I can’t thank this year’s Northwood team enough. I can certainly say, to be the first team since 1950 to make the Little League World Series from our state, they’re etched in South Carolina history for a long, long time,” Holbrook said. “They’ll never forget this summer. We didn’t get to go to the Little League World Series when I was 12. We won the state championship, but I can still remember that summer very vividly. I can’t imagine the memories that this group of kids will have as they go forward in their lives.”