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  • Pat Knight Little League tournament offers extra baseball, honors late Cahill

  • The Pat Knight Little League tournaments were underway in Georgetown this past week, but one key figure was missing.


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  • The Pat Knight Little League tournaments were underway in Georgetown this past week, but one key figure was missing.
    George Cahill, the former tournament director and Georgetown Little League board member, played an integral part in making sure the Pat Knight tournament afforded children the opportunity to play a little more baseball or softball each summer.
    Cahill, who passed away on Feb. 1, 2012 at 53, is remembered by all who knew him as a man who put the kids and the game before himself.
    “He was always out there looking to help the kids,” said Manager Joe Mack, who coaches the Major League 11-12 year-old Georgetown Little League team. “That’s what George did.”
    Cahill originally designed the Pat Knight tournaments to offer players a chance at post-season play during the summer if they were not selected to an All-Star team.
    “The biggest thing is to get kids who aren’t involved in travel teams more opportunities to play,” said Georgetown Little League President Penuel Barrett, who coached for 15 years before taking over as league president.
    Cahill was also instrumental in creating fall baseball and softball leagues, which run through September and October. The players meet for two hours every Sunday for a chance to play more baseball or softball outside of the regular season.
    “He never wanted any recognition for what he did,” said Mary Cahill, George Cahill’s wife. “He just wanted to get kids out and playing as much as possible.”
    Mary Cahill acknowledged she never realized how many people’s lives her husband affected until parents began thanking her for her husband’s work with the Georgetown Little League.
    Cahill, who was also involved in youth programs for football, basketball and cheerleading for more than 20 years, wanted to be a good influence anywhere kids were, Mary Cahill said.
    Cahill’s best judge of success was centered not around wins and losses, but by how much fun the players had on the field.
    “With him, it was always about if you had fun, not if you win or lose,” Mary Cahill said.
    Thanks to Cahill, more than 100 children participate in the Georgetown Little League, the Pat Knight tournaments and the fall baseball and softball leagues.
    The Pat Knight 11-12 year-old baseball tournament concluded on July 13 with Lewes capturing the championship after downing Millsboro 8-2. In the junior division, Nanticoke earned the title, defeating Cape 7-6.
    The 9-10 baseball tournament began July 15. The 9-10 softball tournament will  begin August 5. The 11-12 softball tournament will begin August 6.
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