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Little league tournament down to final 2 teams

Joshua Gordon

After seven games and three days of baseball, the Craig Parks and Recreation end-of-season 8- to 10-year-old baseball tournament has two teams ready for the championship game.

Tuesday night featured strong pitching performances from all four teams involved, but the No. 1 and No. 2 seeded teams will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Woodbury Sports Complex to crown a champion.

Cook Chevrolet 4, Power Enterprises 0

When the fifth inning started at Loudy-Simpson Park, No. 2 Cook Chevrolet had a 1-0 lead over No. 3 Power Enterprises, but it was still either team's game to win.

Then Wyatt Nielsen stepped up to the plate.

With a man on first, Wyatt, who was having a strong day on defense, powered the ball into left field and just started running.

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"I just ran as fast I could," Wyatt said. "I wasn't sure if I would make it home or get out, but I just kept going."

Sure enough, Wyatt made it home and his inside-the-park homerun scored two runs.

Cook Chevrolet scored another run in the fifth to seal a 4-0 win.

Coach Mike Boatright said he gives all the credit to his players.

"Making it to the championship game is a tribute to all the kids that play on the team," Boatright said. "It shows how far they have came."

A lot of the kids had never played baseball before this year, Boatright said, and he started with a "raw" team.

But, with all the practice, he said they have developed into good players.

"Our defense has come a long way, and really came through tonight," Boatright said. "Along with our batting, we were able to walk away the winners."

Boatright said his team would have to keep hitting if they want to win the tournament.

"When we hit, we win," he said. "Getting guys on base allowed us to win tonight, and we need to keep doing it."

Meeker II 2, Big Kahuna Coins 0

With no runs allowed by either team through three innings at Woodbury Sports Complex, No. 1 Meeker II pitcher Logan Hughes tried to keep it that way.

With two runs scored by Meeker II in the top of the fourth, No. 4 Big Kahuna Coins came up to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning down 2-0 and hoping to steal the game.

"I was very happy that we had the lead going into the final inning," Logan said. "I knew that if I was able to get the first guy out my nerves would go away and my team would be OK."

Logan was able to keep his nerves in check, and forced the first batter to pop out before striking out the last two.

After the last out, the Meeker II players jumped with excitement, yelling and throwing their hands in the air.

The win wouldn't have happened without Zachary Chism's ground ball in the top of the fourth inning.

With two players on base, Zachary grounded the ball and took the out at first, but was able to bring home two runs.

"After I hit the ball I just started running," Zachary said. "I was hoping the other two guys would get home."

Meeker II Coach David Scherbarth said though his team got the win, he was proud of all the players from both teams.

"I saw a lot of good sportsmanship and team work from both teams out there," he said. "That is what this game is all about."

Scherbarth said his team has faced Cook Chevrolet before and won, but that does not guarantee another victory.

"We tell our players that any given night any team can win," he said. "The kids just need to focus on their game and play hard."

If you go

What: No. 1 seed Meeker II faces No. 2 seed Cook Chevrolet of the Craig Parks and Recreation 8- to 10-year-old baseball championship game

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 S. Mack Lane

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