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Sewell Park re-opens Sept. 6 just in time for East Marietta National Little League’s Opening Day!


Members of the East Marietta Little League kicking off the Spring season at their temporary home. They will return to Sewell Park during the Grand Opening on Sept. 6.

Attend the Grand Re-opening of Sewell Park and kick off the Fall season for East Marietta National Little League on Saturday, September 6, 9am-3pm. 

Enjoy activities galore including a bounce house, dunk tank, home run derby, swimming, Kona Ice, food vendors, a raffle and more! Don’t forget your bathing suit to swim in the newly renovated pool.

Admission is FREE  and fun for  the whole family. For more information visit


Evaluations this weekend for East Marietta National Little League

Registration is open for the East Marietta National Little League 2013 Spring Season.

Evaluations for players ages 7-13 will be held Saturday, February 23. Your time will be sent via email after registration.

Practices for all ages begin in late February. Opening Day for the Spring season is Saturday, March 9.

More information available at

Operating out of Sewell Park off Lower Roswell Road, East Marietta National Little League is one of the few chartered Little Leagues in the greater Atlanta area.  Over the last 60 years, it has produced some high performing teams and developed many young baseball players ages 4 to 16.  In 1983, East Marietta National Little League was the first Georgia team to win the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA.  For more information about EMNLL (East Marietta National Little League), please visit


Cobb Player Receives Award for Sportsmanship

Braeden Swilley of East Marietta National Little League, received his award as 2012 Little League ‘Good Sport of the Year’ at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Braeden plays at East Marietta National Little League at Sewell Park and was recognized for his “spirited and dedicated commitment to the ideals and goals of the Little League program”. Dr. Jane Gilmore, Chairman of The Board Of Directors of Little League International, presented the award to Braeden. While in Williamsport, Braeden threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Panama vs. Mexico game.

(Source: Cobb County Parks and Rec) 

East Marietta National Little League player wins Little League’s Good Sport of the Year


Braeden Swilley

It is not often that a 10-year-old provides an example for kids and adults. On an evening earlier this spring, Braeden Swilley, a catcher for the White Sox in the East Marietta Little League, showed everyone at the game what sportsmanship and compassion are.

For his exhibition of the core values of Little League, Braeden has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Little League Good Sport of the Year. Braeden, along with his family, will be recognized at a breakfast and during an on-field ceremony at the 2012 Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.  The 66th World Series will be played Aug. 16-26.

The Good Sport Award, part of the Little League Baseball and Softball awards program sponsored by Chartis, annually recognizes a Little League player who has demonstrated superior qualities of sportsmanship, leadership, a commitment to teamwork and a desire to excel. The criteria for selecting the recipient does not consider the child’s playing ability or statistics. Hundreds of players worldwide are nominated for the award each year.

The award was established in 1989 to amplify the importance of Little League Baseball and Softball as a leadership training program, utilizing baseball and softball as a vehicle for instilling principles that can be used the rest of their lives.


Braeden Swilley, Little League’s 2012 Good Sport of the Year, has played in the East Marietta Little League for five years and earned a spot on the all-star team this season.

Braeden’s story started like many others, on a Little League field, as the White Sox were playing a team from the neighboring community of Smyrna. It quickly became something that everyone in attendance would remember.

Early in the game, one of the opposing batters hit a pitch down the right field baseline, resulting in a triple. As he was leaving the batter’s box, he accidently tossed his bat backwards hitting Braeden, who was the catcher at the time, square in the facemask. His mask did its job, but Braeden was temporarily dazed.

At the conclusion of the play, the umpires gathered to discuss the rules, deciding the batter did not toss the bat intentionally.

Although Braeden’s coach asked if he wanted to take a breather and sit down for a while, he insisted that he assume his position behind the plate.

Much to the confusion of Braeden’s coaches and everyone in attendance that night, just before assuming his catching position, he walked toward the Smyrna dugout.

In his nomination of Braeden for the Good Sport Award, his coach, Mike Beltrami, completes the story in his own words.  “The opposition player came from the back of the dugout to meet Braeden. Braeden told the player he wasn’t hurt and that he knew it was an accident; no hard feelings. They touched gloves and Braeden headed back to his position. As he walked back to the plate, the fans from both teams, the coaches, the umpires and all the players applauded.”

Mr. Beltrami concluded his nomination by saying, “This is not a story about great pitching, batting or catching. It’s much more important than any of those things. It is a lesson that reminds all of us about what’s really important.”

This is not an action that is unusual for Braeden, who will be a fifth-grader at Eastside Christian School in Marietta this fall.

“Braeden has been mature beyond his years for his entire life,” his father, Smith Swilley, a Florida native, who is a sales representative, said. “He is a quiet leader on the team and gets a great deal of satisfaction from seeing others succeed.”

In part of Mr. Beltrami’s nomination he stated, “Braeden practices hard, plays hard, but more importantly he is respectful and is a great teammate.”

“I don’t think I did anything that any other player wouldn’t have,” Braeden, who also enjoys playing football and basketball, said. “I just wanted to let him know what happened is part of the game, that’s just baseball.”

Braeden credits his parents, father, Smith, and mother, Sweden, for his selfless attitude.

“The best part of Little League is being with my friends and the fellowship,” Braeden said. “I really like it when the team is successful because we all have played a part in that success.”

“Braeden’s actions are an example of what we hope every Little Leaguer learns from the game,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “He is a good and respectful person both on and off the field who puts others before himself.  Being a good sport has little to do with talent and ability, and everything to do with character and attitude.”

Past Recipients of the Little League Good Sport Award

  • 1991-Rondy Spardella, Aldine LL, Houston, Texas
  • 1992-Scott Ford, Walla Walla (Wash.) LL
  • 1993-Luis Rivera, Coatesville (Pa.) LL
  • 1994-Joey Pitchford, Pinole (Calif.) LL
  • 1995-Jose Aguire, Sunrise LL, Canoga Park, Calif.
  • 1996-Tracy Theriault, Sanford-Springvale LL, Sanford, Maine
  • 1997-Greg Turner, Northern LL, San Angelo, Texas
  • 1998-Madison McDaniel, York County LL, Yorktown, Va.
  • 1999-Zachary Dwight, Sunrise LL, Woodland Hills, Calif.
  • 2000-Caitlin Neeson, Southwestern Port St. Lucie (Fla.) LL
  • 2001-Robert “Bobby” Malouin, Central Country (R.I.) LL
  • 2002-Taylor Thompson, Amelia LL, Beaumont, Texas
  • 2003-Brianna Dudley, Northwest LL, Butte, Mont.
  • 2004-Aaron Willis, West Side LL, Santa Rosa, Calif.
  • 2005-Dawson Fair, National LL, Elizabethtown, Tenn.
  • 2006-Cory Bowman, Dubuque (Iowa) LL
  • 2007-Riley MacKnight, Southside American LL, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • 2008-Kevin Trainor, Viera Suntree LL, Melbourne, Fla.
  • 2009-Dieter Miller, Golden Hill LL, Fullerton, Calif.
  • 2010-Cody McCoy, Saddleback LL, Lake Forest, Calif.
  • 2011-Colton Bullard, Rye (N.H.) LL

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Register NOW for East Marietta National Little League


Register now, spring season begins March 3. Visit for more information.

East Marietta National Little League Registration

Online registration for new and returning players is now open. Late registration after February 1st. East Marietta National Little League (EMNLL) plays at Sewell Park, 2055 Lower Roswell Road.

Register online and pay securely with a credit card using PayPal (no PayPal account required) or mail a check.

In person registration is January 22-29 in the room above the concession stand at Field 3 at Sewell Park. More info: