Craig Physical Therapy baseball team undefeated
Craig Physical Therapy little league team roster
Coach Bill Baker
Coach Billy Bingham
Coach Don Griffin
It has been years since coach Billy Bingham has lost a game on the diamond.
With an 11-0 victory against the Peroulis Brothers team Monday night, the Craig Physical Therapy baseball team won the season-ending tournament and ran Bingham’s streak to more than two years.
But, it was the kids who won, he said.
“They played tremendous,” he said. “It’s a relief, now, because every team was gunning for us.
“This is great. This is the second year we’ve gone undefeated, and I think there are three kids who have never lost a game.”
The Craig Physical Therapy team beat the Peroulis Brothers team in the first game of the Craig Parks and Recreation 8- to 10-year-old Little League season and never looked back.
Having his team perform well in the last game of the season showed just how far it had come since opening day, Bingham said.
“We practiced a lot, and when we first started, there were a couple of kids who couldn’t catch the ball,” he said. “And today they were charging balls and swinging the bats.”
One ballplayer who improved as the season went on was Jonah Dannaker, Bingham said. On Monday, Dannaker smashed a three-run triple to put the game away.
“We kept telling Jonah, ‘When you’re up to bat, swing, swing, swing,'” Bingham said. “And today, he did, and look at what happened.”
Another player who improved was Bingham’s firstbase player Tane Otis, 9.
Otis holds two distinctions on the Craig Physical Therapy team.
She’s the only left-handed hitter in the lineup and the only girl in the dugout.
And that’s just fine with her.
“It feels good to be the only girl,” she said. “Because we didn’t lose a game, and I’m the only girl on the winning team.”
Having the team win so many games bred chemistry, Bingham said.
“They’re a team now,” he said. “After they started winning games, they brought a confidence with them.”
That confidence was apparent in the bottom of the first inning.
Mikey Bingham, 10, struck out the first three batters he faced and shut out the Peroulis Brothers team for four innings.
“It feels pretty good that we never lost a game,” he said. “We haven’t lost a game in years.”
This year, Mikey got to live up to his role as ace of the staff.
“I had fun because I got to pitch,” he said. “And when I was on the mound, I never gave up hits.”
Mikey was matched on the mound with Dylan Kincade, who logged a complete game with several strikeouts.
But, Mikey had extra help, as his team played well behind him.
“We had a lot of really good people on the team,” he said. “Everyone learned a lot, and I did too.”
Mikey said his dad taught him not to back out of the batter’s box.
“That’s something I won’t forget,” he said.
With his summer nights on the mound over, Mikey Bingham had one thing on his mind.
“It was a fun season,” he said, “but, I’m ready to play football.”
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