For the second day of the Craig Parks and Recreation end-of-season 8- to 10-year-old baseball tournament, a No. 1 seed advanced and the No. 4 seed hung on long enough to move on to the quarterfinals.
Wednesday featured match-ups between No. 1 Meeker II and No. 9 Rehab Services of Craig, as well as No. 4 Big Kahuna Coins and No. 5 Rangely.
The tournament, which is single-elimination, will continue July 6.
Big Kahuna Coins 6, Rangely 5
Five innings were not enough for No. 4 seeded Big Kahuna Coins and No. 5 Rangely.
Big Kahuna led from the second inning on, but Rangely was able to take a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.
In the top of the fifth, however, Big Kahuna was able to rally to tie the score, 4-4.
That’s the way the score would stay until the top of the seventh inning, when Drew Rothermund, 10, came to the plate with a runner on.
Rothermund belted a ball into the gap and was off running.
“It felt good,” he said. “I thought I would make it to third.”
But, Rangely was late with the relay throw and Rothermund had a two-out, inside-the-park home run.
“I’m just happy we won,” he said. “I think we’ll do good (in the tournament).”
Big Kahuna coach Matt Beckett said his team has been playing hard until the last out.
“They played well tonight,” he said. “They have been really solid all year.
“They like to make it interesting, though.”
The team will next play at 6 p.m. July 6 at Woodbury Sports Complex against Meeker II.
Meeker II 13, Rehab Services of Craig 0
With solid batting and two standout pitching performances, No. 1 Meeker II ousted No. 9 Rehab Services of Craig, 13-0, on Wednesday night at Woodbury Sports Complex.
While a lot of Meeker II players got hits on the night, Garrett Frantz, 10, was able to get two key singles in the second and fourth innings to keep his team on top.
“I just watch the ball as it comes in,” Garrett said. “It’s like it comes in slow motion.”
Garrett was able to help out in the field, playing first base and shortstop in the shut out.
Chris Scherbarth, 8, pitched the first three innings, allowing no runs and striking out several Rehab Services batters.
David and Sandy Scherbarth coached Meeker II to victory by focusing on the fundamentals.
“We have been working on the basics all year,” David said. “Each week we improved and were able to fix our mistakes.”
About a third of the team returned from last year’s squad, and the experience has been noticeable, Sandy said, but keeping the kids motivated and involved in the game is a task.
“As coaches, we have to talk to them and remind them what is going on in the game,” Sandy said. “We ask them how many outs, where the play is and stuff like that.”
At 5:30 p.m. July 6, No. 2 seed Cook Chevrolet will play No. 3 seed Powers Enterprises.