Craig teams second in Little League tournament


Two Craig Little League teams came up just a few runs short in championship games played Wednesday night at Woodbury Park.

The eight to 10-year-old Craig Physical Therapy Phillies lost to Meeker Two 13-12.

The First National Bank of the Rockies Orioles lost to Hayden 5-2.

In a high scoring affair, the Phillies could not hold off a late charge by Meeker Two.

The Phillies trailed Meeker Two by five runs heading into the top of the fifth inning, but came back to add six runs of their own on the way to taking a 12-11 lead.

A.C. Crofts scored the go ahead run on a past ball to put the Phillies up by one heading into the bottom of the last inning.

However, it was no to be as Meeker Two scratched out two runs in the bottom of the inning to leave town with the championship.

"It probably wasn't our best performance," Phillies coach Rich Sadvar said. "But the kids held tough. They battled back and scored five runs in the top of the last inning, but they just couldn't quite hold on."

Pitchers Jasen Kettle and Austin Sadvar combined on the mound to lead the way for the Phillies. Both went the distance, pitching the maximum number of innings allowed.

The Phillies finished the season 10-3.

"They had a great season," Sadvar said. "They started where most Little League kids typically start and ended up a bunch of ball players.

Sadvar also wanted to send a special thanks to the Phillies sponsor, Craig Physical Therapy.

"We can't do this without the sponsors," Sadvar said. "And sponsors in this town make things happen. We appreciate everything they do."

In a closer game, the First National Bank of the Rockies Orioles managed only two runs on three hits in the loss to Hayden.

The Orioles scored one run in the second inning and one in the fifth.

The teams entered the bottom of the fourth inning with the game tied 1-1. But the Orioles gave up two runs in the inning, allowing Hayden to take the lead, 3-1.

Hayden added two more in the bottom of the fifth inning to seal the victory.

"It was a pretty good game, " said Orioles coach Brad Winder. "It was a pitching duel. The kids played hard. We just didn't get enough runs in there, that's all. Hayden played a good game."

"We had a good season," Winder said. "We finished at the top of our division, and everybody had fun."

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