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Youth baseball: The grind catches up with All-Stars

Hart Mustang out of national tourney after pair of defeats

Posted: August 27, 2010 10:25 p.m.
Updated: August 28, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

It has been quite a run for the William S. Hart PONY League Mustang All-Stars.

Playing in its first tournament at the beginning of June, winning the Mustang World Series earlier this month and becoming the first Hart PONY League team to ever compete at the National Youth Baseball 10U Championship in Memphis, Tenn. It has been a long summer of baseball.

On Friday, the gruelling run came to an end.

Hart Mustang dropped two games in pool play at the 10U Championship, losing 7-3 to Banditos Black of Houston and 12-1 to Team Florida AAU, ousting the team from the Major League Baseball-supported tournament.

"I've always felt that Santa Clarita is a mecca for athletics period," said Hart Mustang head coach Jerry Miller. "(The team's success) just goes to prove that our community is successful in so many areas of athletics, and for youth baseball, this put it on the map. It's just a huge honor and we are honored to be able to represent our city."

Hart Mustang opened the tournament with an 11-1 win over Shreveport, La. on Thursday, spurred by a seven-run second inning.

But Friday, Hart Mustang began the day in a hole after giving up five runs to Banditos Black in the first inning. However, only two of the runs were earned.

Miller said the long summer began to show its ware on his young team.

"I couldn't be more proud of the boys," he said. "They worked extremely hard and sacrificed their entire summer to play baseball."

Tired or not, Hart Mustang wasn't about to give up.

The All-Stars cut the lead to 5-2 after Ryan Carolan scored on a wild pitch in the second and Caden Miller scored on Cole Roederer's groundout in the third.

After giving up two runs in the bottom of the fourth, Hart Mustang added its final tally in the sixth when Noah Cardenas drove home Cody Jefferis.

"The competition was a lot better than we faced yesterday," Miller said. "Unfortunately, we just didn't have enough left in our tank."

In the second game, Hart Mustang gave up 11 runs in the fourth through sixth innings to signal the end of the team's run.

Erik Distad scored for the All-Stars in the fourth inning when Brady Anderson grounded into a fielder's choice, cutting the lead to 5-1.

Hart Mustang used four pitchers in each game.

Caden Miller finished the day 3-for-7 over both games, while Roederer was 3-for-5.

The results may not have been what they wanted, but no one can deny the level of achievement Hart Mustang attained, nor the support the team received, Miller said.

"The city of Santa Clarita definitely put its arms around their own," he said.

 

 

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