The Miami Lakes Optimist Padres baseball team won the 8U division championship for the 2022 season. The team was undefeated in 19 games.
“These little kids worked harder than any other team,” Padres volunteer coach and Miami Lakes Councilman Luis Collazo said Jan. 10 when the players received certificates at Town Hall from Mayor Manny Cid. Shown in the photo in front, from left are: Edwin Bryan; Jaden Hernandez; Rafael Medina Diaz; Matthew Valcourt; Marcelo Buitrago; Adrian Lugo; Brandon Lopez; Ryan Garcia; Dylan Garcia; Julian Napoles; Lucas Collazo; Kevin Pino and Richard Gil. Back row from left: Jorge Medina; Alex Hernandez; Alejandro Buitrago; Luis Collazo; Andres Napoles; Ramon Lugo; Eric Lozada and Matthew Valcourt.
Photo courtesy of Clarisell De Cardenas.