Just as Cook Chevrolet was looking to make a comeback in the bottom of the fourth inning, Meeker II shortstop Garrett Frantz, 10, had other plans
Cook Chevrolet batter Santiago Aragon hit the ball harder than it had been hit all night and it was headed straight for Garrett.
Instead of dodging the ball, Garrett stepped in front of it and made the catch.
“I stood up and looked at my glove and saw the ball was there,” Garrett said. “It was fantastic.”
Meeker II was able to hold off Cook Chevrolet in the Craig Parks and Recreation 8- to 10-year-old end-of-season championship game, 3-0, Thursday night at Woodbury Sports Complex.
On a play when many would have faltered, Garrett said he just did what his coach had been teaching.
“Coach says when the ball is headed at you, watch it in,” he said. “It’s kind of like a video game, but a lot faster.”
Defense was the main factor in Meeker II’s win, pitcher Logan Hughes, 10, said.
Logan entered the game as pitcher in third inning and didn’t allow a single hit the rest of the game.
Logan struck out eight batters while allowing only one Cook Chevrolet player to put the ball in play – the one Garrett stopped.
“It was the championship game so I was pretty nervous,” Logan said. “But, I didn’t let them get to me and just focused on the strike zone.”
Logan also hit a two-run inside-the-park homerun in the first inning that gave Meeker II the lead.
Before the game, Logan said their coach, David Scherbarth, told the team if anyone drove in four runs or hit a home run, he would buy them a milkshake.
“After I hit the home run, I was pretty excited about the milkshake,” he said.
Meeker II’s other run came in the top of the third inning when Chris Scherbarth hit a double, allowing Daylon Nielsen to slide safe into home.
“I really like sliding and I thought it was a good opportunity to get home,” Daylon said. “It was pretty cool.”
With solid defense and good batting, Coach Scherbarth said his team played the way they needed to so they could win, and he couldn’t be prouder.
“The team had great teamwork on the field today,” he said. “They played with a lot of confidence and discipline.”
Even with the victory, Scherbarth said he couldn’t help but applaud the other team.
“I’m really proud of my kids that played today,” he said. “And even though we beat Cook Chevrolet, every kid that played today was a winner.”