Columbia All-Stars knocked out by Lebanon

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Columbia - posted Tue., Jul. 12, 2011
Cole Szegda bats for Columbia during a July 7 game against the Lebanon 9-10 All-Star team. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Cole Szegda bats for Columbia during a July 7 game against the Lebanon 9-10 All-Star team. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The Columbia 9- and 10-year-old All-Star baseball team had a good run during the 2011 tournament. They easily breezed past Willington during the first game, taking home a victory with a final score of 12-1. Round two brought them up against Lebanon. The neighboring foes proved to be more of a challenge for the team, but they managed to pull out their second victory with a final score of 4-3.

For round three, Columbia took on Woodstock. Again, it was a close game. This time, the Columbia All-Stars took home a loss, with a close final score of 7-8. For round four, the team took home another easy win with a final score of 11-0 against Pomfret.

The team faced Lebanon again on July 7. According to team member Luke Lageman, the Columbia team boasts consistently strong pitching and a strong offense. When they got into trouble, it was due to their performance in the field. “We need to play like we know we can,” said Lageman, before the game against Lebanon. But a victory for Lebanon(final score 8-2) signaled the end of the tournament for Columbia.

The Columbia 9-10 All-Star coaches are: Bill Lageman, head coach and team manager; Steve Hay and Bernie Drabek, coaches.

All-Star team members are: Jonathan Haddad, Robert Senechal, Kyle Escott, Cole Szegda, James Drabek, Justin Hababkangas, Mitchell McDunnah, Luke Lageman, Carter Shutler and Nick Hay.

The Lebanon 9-10 All-Stars went on to play the undefeated Woodstock team for the championship. It was a close game, but Woodstock came up with the title, with a final score of 5-4. Look for a profile of the Lebanon 9-10 All-Stars in next week's edition of the ReminderNews.


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