Little League teams split wet weekend

Rain cut the Little League All-Star games in Meeker short during the weekend, but not before teams were able to get in two games apiece.

The 8-,9- and 10-year-old Craig All-Stars won one and lost one Saturday.

Craig won its game against Parachute, 16-1, but lost, 14-1, against Vernal, Utah.

On Sunday, the Craig team would have matched up again with Vernal, but rain prevented the rematch.

Coach Scott Parker said the team from Vernal would have been the favorite Sunday. "With the exception of Vernal all the teams were pretty evenly matched all the way around," Parker said.

The Craig 11- and 12-year-old team also finished the weekend 1-1.

They lost their first game to New Castle, 6-4, and won their second game against Rifle, 9-3.

Game 2 against Rifle spanned two days. The game was stopped Saturday night because of rain and continued Sunday morning. The teams were able to complete the game before the rain came again to wash out the rest of the tournament.

Nathan Tomlin and Gage Spears pitched during the weekend for the All Stars.

"The team is looking really good," coach Victor Updike said. "I had high hopes of winning the next game (Sunday) if it wasn't canceled. If we would have played New Castle again I think we could have beat them."

The weekend was the first time for the older team to play together.

"We only lost the first game because of undercoaching," Updike said. "I didn't know where each kid played, but by the second inning I figured out where they all went and we became hard to beat."

This is the first year that the Bulldog Youth Baseball Program has organized All-Star teams during the regular season. The All-Star teams serve as a traveling team during the weekends. The Meeker tournament was the first tournament for both teams.

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