Phillies surprise Cubs in 13-15 baseball championship
It was an unlikely scenario.
The coach had never coached before. The team had an average season. And the team that they were going up against had the best record in the league.
But the Craig Phillies came out the victors, 6 to 5, in the final game against the Craig Cubs Wednesday night.
“We always want to win and you’re surprised when you do,” said Joel Miller, coach of the Craig Phillies.
The Cubs scored quickly with two runs at the top of the first inning. But the Phillies would go one up on them at the end of second inning.
The Phillies’ at bat was stopped short in the second by a controversial call. The Phillies were given their third out when coach Miller was called for interfernce and a player threw his helmet.
The game was close all the way through. But pitching carried the Phillies to their victory with a three and out in the fifth inning and tight pitching in the seventh by Phillies pitcher Billy Ivy
“I will say this, both teams batted pretty poorly, it was the pitching that did it,” Miller said.
He said his team did so well in the final two games because during regular league play they let the players do what they wanted and made sure all of them were treated the same.
“They really did learn and they became a better team,” Miller said.
A key play by Nick Syverston, second baseman for the Phillies, tied the game, 5 to 5, in the bottom of the sixth inning.
“Nick ran home against the odds really,” Miller said. “He made the catcher lay down in front of him with the ball under him.”
Then another run put the Phillies up 6 to 5 and the Cubs were unable to score in the seventh inning, only managing a base hit before they were out.
“I knew it would be close but I thought we would win,” Miller said, who just moved to Craig three months ago from Denver. “The night league is about three things, one, the kids have fun, two, the kids learn something, and three, winning.”
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