Warriors teams battle on the ballfield

11U team wins 1st, 10U team wins 2nd in Battle of the Bats tourney
By Carol Banks Weber | Aug 08, 2012
Photos by: Carol Banks Weber Warriors' star pitcher Matthew Cundiff beats the tag back to second base in a hard-fought game against Seattle Select.

Several of the Warriors teams participated in the 2012 USSSA Battle of the Bats Tournament on July 28-29, held for their age divisions (10U, 11U, 15U) in Puyallup's Heritage Recreation Center Ballfields. Both the 11U and the 10U teams won, first and second place respectively.

The amazing part of the Warriors 11U team's first place championship win was, they didn't have all of their core players. They had to use many back-up players as fill-ins. They had to borrow core player Josh Latimer from the 10U Warriors team as well to fill out the roster.

This team handily beat their first two teams Saturday. On Sunday, they were beating their third team but then were overcome in the second half of the game in a heartbreaking loss.

They would come back by beating this same team in the fourth and final deciding game by a landslide. It got to the point where the parents were watching their boys just run the bases like a Merry Go 'Round, they were hitting so well.

The Warriors 10U team nearly took first place in their age division in some heart-stopping games.

They easily beat the Lakewood All Stars on Saturday and were so close to beating the Seattle Select 9s. Their second game, against Seattle Select, came down to hits.

But on Sunday, the Warriors would get their revenge. They had to play Seattle Select again in order to have any chance at all at first place. This time, they were ready.

They brought the hits as well as an impenetrable defense with a near-perfect pitching staff and in-field. In the final inning, Warriors let nothing get by them to win 8-5 and move on to play the undefeated Redhawks.

They very nearly beat the Redhawks, leading with six runs before the other team caught up with a superior hitting force. Warriors on Sunday just could not find its batting groove, at least not up against the ferocious Redhawks pitchers.

The few line drives to the outfield were caught. The loss was hard, but the second place plaque and T-shirts made up for it.


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