Morenci All-Stars place second 8.05.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s 8- and 9-year-old All-Stars met their match and then some as they took second place in their own tournament Saturday.

The Morenci team suffered a big loss to the larger Bedford program in the opening game, then won three contests before facing Bedford again in the finals.

That beating was worse than the first, said Billy Williams, who helped coach the all-stars, as the squad wasn’t hitting well at the end of a long day.

Bedford was on top 6-2 after two innings but finished with an 18-2 victory.

Morenci topped Addison 15-5 in five innings, then posted another five-inning victory against Pittsford.

Morenci trailed Tecumseh 17-2 after three innings, but came back in the next three to tie the game 20-20. Morenci advanced to the finals via a tie-breaker rule because they had fewer runs scored against them.

“That was great not to give up against Tecumseh,” Williams said. “Once we started hitting, the hits were coming from throughout the batting order.”

Morenci’s all-stars won two tournaments and placed second in two others.

“It was a great group of kids again this year,” Williams said. “What won for us was fundamentals, just basic baseball.”

Williams praised the pitching machine league as an excellent way to develop ball players for that age. He also spoke highly of the boys’ parents who were very supportive throughout the season.

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