Mustang tournament teams place first, second and sixth at state championships

August 13, 2009

By Staff

Newcastle Baseball’s 9U Miners became the Baseball Player Association’s 2009 Washington State Champions with a 9-7 win over Seattle Select at the Central Park ball fields in Issaquah.
The Miners led off the tournament with a win against the Mountlake Terrace Thunder. A tough one-run, extra-innings loss in the second game against the Maple Valley Mud Dogs brought the Miners one loss away from elimination.
But the third game win put the Miners on an improbable journey to the championship round. The team was to start at 8 a.m. Sunday and play in back-to-back games, with a single loss sending the Miners home.
Twelve hours later with a Seattle runner on third and the tying run up to bat in the bottom of the sixth, the Miners rushed the mound as the third and final strike was called.
“This was special. It’s nearly unheard of for a team to battle through the elimination bracket,” said head coach Dave McIntosh. “Our boys had to play a lot of baseball just to get to the first game against Seattle, and we had to beat them twice for the title. I’m so proud of all our boys.”
“This was a great weekend for Newcastle!” Jonathan Maltos, president of Newcastle Baseball, said. “We entered three teams in the BPA State Championships. Not only did our Miners win the championship, the Newcastle 10U team took second place and the Newcastle Bulldogs 9U team placed sixth. A big thank you to the entire Newcastle Baseball community who came out to the games to support all our boys!”
The first- and second-place trophies are now on display at Tapatio restaurant on Coal Creek Parkway.

Newcastle Baseball’s 9U Miners became the Baseball Player Association’s 2009 Washington State Champions with a 9-7 win over Seattle Select at the Central Park ball fields in Issaquah.

The Miners led off the tournament with a win against the Mountlake Terrace Thunder. A tough one-run, extra-innings loss in the second game against the Maple Valley Mud Dogs brought the Miners one loss away from elimination.

But the third game win put the Miners on an improbable journey to the championship round. The team was to start at 8 a.m. Sunday and play in back-to-back games, with a single loss sending the Miners home.

Twelve hours later with a Seattle runner on third and the tying run up to bat in the bottom of the sixth, the Miners rushed the mound as the third and final strike was called.

“This was special. It’s nearly unheard of for a team to battle through the elimination bracket,” said head coach Dave McIntosh. “Our boys had to play a lot of baseball just to get to the first game against Seattle, and we had to beat them twice for the title. I’m so proud of all our boys.”

“This was a great weekend for Newcastle!” Jonathan Maltos, president of Newcastle Baseball, said. “We entered three teams in the BPA State Championships. Not only did our Miners win the championship, the Newcastle 10U team took second place and the Newcastle Bulldogs 9U team placed sixth. A big thank you to the entire Newcastle Baseball community who came out to the games to support all our boys!”

The first- and second-place trophies are now on display at Tapatio restaurant on Coal Creek Parkway.

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