Local team captures Mount Si baseball classic title

September 3, 2008

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The members of the Newcastle Miners pose with their championship trophy after winning the Mount Si Baseball Players Association Classic. Photo contributedThe members of the Newcastle Miners pose with their championship trophy after winning the Mount Si Baseball Players Association Classic. Photo contributed

 

An all-star team from Newcastle Baseball overcame the challenge of “live” pitching to win Mount Si Baseball Players Association Classic July 26-27 in Snoqualmie.

The tournament was a “kid pitch” format, as opposed to the “machine pitch” format the Newcastle squad played during its regular season.

The biggest difference: Children often throw faster than the machines and children are not as accurate, so batters had to learn to get out of the way of stray pitches, said assistant coach Jonathan Maltos.

The team, made up of players ages 8 and younger, had three weeks to prepare to face “live” pitching, he said.

“We also knew the teams we’d face would have more experience in the kid-pitch format, so our goal was to be competitive,” Maltos said. “Our team out-hit, out-ran and out-pitched some great teams from around the region.”

The Newcastle squad faces teams from Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, North Bend and Maple Valley. The team split its two games July 26, winning the first game against North Bend, 8-5, and losing 7-5 to Bellevue. Going into the second day of the tournament, the Miners were seeded fifth.

The following day, the team defeated the West Seattle Eights, 12-1, then shut out the Tahoma Indians from Maple Valley, 12-0. In the championship game, the Miners shut out the Kirkland Knights, 12-0.

After winning the game, the players turned to the stands and applauded the fans, said Coach Brian Curl.

“We had the best support all tournament long, with one of the largest groups of fans,” he said. “It was wonderful to see all of the smiles and a few happy tears as the fans and the boys traded cheers.”

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