When 5-to-8 year old kids play fall ball together, they’re not really supposed to keep score. But entering their final game on Saturday, the CSA Dodgers had yet to be outscored by an opponent. They were unofficially undefeated. Not that anyone’s counting.
This was the only Pinto/Shetland team with girls on the roster (three). With the most Shetland players, they had the youngest lineup in the division. And yet, they had the chance at a perfect 10-0 season. Not that anyone’s counting.
On their final game, the Dodgers pitched first, eager to make some quick outs. But baseball is a humbling game. In just a few swings, the opposing team got base runners that came around to score.
When the Dodgers went to bat, they couldn’t get much started. The occasional run was matched quickly by their opponents. Entering the final inning, the Dodgers were down 7-4, on the verge of losing their first game of the season.
But that’s when the bats perked up and they started hitting. Dodgers got on base. Runners came around to score, one after the other. Once the sixth Dodger crossed the plate, the ump called ballgame. The dugout emptied and the kids went nuts. The score was final: 10-7, Dodgers.
It was an unbelievable finish to a memorable season. This special team never gave up. A perfect 10-0 record.
Not that anyone’s counting.
Winning roster was Emily Wagner, Evelyn Ortiz, Jack Jensen, Nathaniel Rodriguez, Peter Gelsinger, Philip Markgraf, Ricardo Del Castillo, Ryan Roco, Sam Sellars, Sloan Gates, Tag Gates, Ty Cancelosi and Winston Clark.
Coaches were Erik Jensen and Vincent Roco.
Submitted by Matt SELLARS