Morenci pitching machine team wins twice 7.22.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s “most coachable kids” pleased their coaches Saturday with a second tournament championship.

The seven- and eight-year-old pitching  machine league all-stars won the Sand Creek tournament Saturday after winning the Hudson tournament the previous weekend.

“They’re very coachable kids,” said Billy Williams, one of three all-star coaches. “They listen really well and they’re just doing 100 percent of what you tell them. They’re the most coachable kids I’ve ever seen.”

Morenci was slow to get going at the Hudson tournament and trailed by seven runs in the last inning in the opening game against Sand Creek.

It was the bottom of the batting order that finally got the team going. The remainder of the squad responded and Morenci won 13-12.

After that, Hudson fell in a pair of five-inning mercy losses.

“The defense was unbelievable,” Coach Williams said. “They play as a team so well.”

Daelyn Merillat and Mason Williams combined for a pair of double plays.

At Sand Creek, Morenci opened with a 15-7 win against Onsted, then dropped Hudson in a mercy-shortened game.

In the final, Morenci scored the six-run limit in both of the first two innings en route to a 27-7 five-inning game against Sand Creek.

Merillat made an unassisted double play and C.J. Miller ended the third inning on a running catch deep in the outfield.

Morenci will end the season at home Aug. 1 in an eight-team tournament at Wakefield Park.

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