Craig teams earn two Little League titles
June 28, 2001
Finally the Cubs win, but there was no Sammy Sosa jumping up and down screaming “Baseball has been, berry, berry good to me,” and the evil curse has not been lifted from the city of Chicago.
Instead, the Cook Chevy Cubs of Craig won the little league 11- to 12-year-old division championship Thursday, capitalizng on a competent pitching display by Jake Satterwhite and superior team batting.
“The Lord’s given them the talent, and they’ve utilized it,” Cubs coach Jerry Magas said.
The Cubs faced a steely Hayden Station team, but through polished fundamentals were able to pull out the victory, 7-1.
Fundamentals have been the hallmark of the Cubs team this year, but they have also been the team’s downfall.
“Lucky, we only had one game this season where we weren’t really sound in, and that was our only loss,” Magas said. “We have an extremely talented team that played a bang-up year, and we’ve got the championship and the record to show it.
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“We’ve tried to keep the year positive and not let the kids get down on each other. The positive attitudes these kids have, along with their fundamentals, have made this a great year,” he said
Coach Magas sees a bright future for the Cubs, including those who will be moving on to a higher level.
Among those moving up will be Satterwhite, who will play for the 13- to 15-year-old division next year. The move brings Satterwhite the realization that he will be playing against more seasoned players, but he hasn’t let that become an intimidation factor.
“I’ve put in a lot of work with my teams so far, so I feel pretty confident about moving up,” Satterwhite said.
The Cub were not the only ones to walk away with a championship on Thursday.
The Craig Orioles, who play in the 8- jto 10-year-old division, won the championship in a game that came down to the wire.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, which is extra innings in the 8- to 10-year-old division, the Meeker Mets loaded the bases with two outs.
The Orioles were able to get the Mets to pop out, giving the Craig team the championship with a 9-6 win.
The team, which had struggled early on in the season, losing its first few games, pulled it together at the end of the season for a big finish, and a league championship.
“The kids had a big year, and a big final game,” Coach Ron Linsacum said. “They really pulled together, and that’s the reason they succeeded.”