Posted 7/21/15 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Crosby’s American Legion baseball team has cut its season short as it did not have enough players to compete in the region tournament, which begins today in Surrey.
The team brought on board a handful of younger players from the midget team to fill some holes, but they were not on the official roster and could not play in tournament games.
The number of older players available for the tournament had dwindled due to a mixture of injuries, job commitments and family vacations.
“There were very few games we had all the players there,” coach Monte Ellingson said. “It was hard to develop a cohesiveness. Everybody had to move all over. We had to do a lot of manipulating. When you only have 12 kids to start with, it puts a little more pressure on.”
Ellingson said he is optimistic that this year’s return of the American Legion baseball program in Crosby will lead to increased interest and a deeper roster in the years ahead.
All but one of this year’s team members will still be under the age limit next summer.
“Everyone else can play if they are around and able to,” Ellingson said, “and hopefully there’s a kid or two out there who wants to join, because 12 kids is not enough.”
By far the youngest team in the region, the Cubs found themselves overmatched throughout their winless season, but Ellingson said that gap will steadily close, especially with several players who just finished their freshman year and will be upperclassmen soon enough.
“As long as you start scoring runs, you have a chance,” he said, “and as the pitchers throw harder, they should get better.”
Ellingson said he found positive results in places other than the win column.
“The highlight of the year was the morale,” he said. “I had one game where we got clobbered and I had to perk them up a little bit; the rest of the year, the attitudes were excellent. There was no bickering; it was just fantastic. All I asked of them was to play hard.”
The rest of the region was simply grateful that Crosby had a Legion team again after a one-year absence, Ellingson added.
“The coaches of the other teams, they all expressed to me they were glad to see us on the field,” he said. “No one likes to see a town lose their team.”
Team members were Jaime Boen, Evan Eriksmoen, Tyler Harward, Keaton Oien, Alex Bailey, Tyler Deering, Aidan Eriksmoen, Jaden Holm, Joran Oien, Bradon Peterson, Dylan Rose and Isaac Ellingson.
Games played: Bradon Peterson, 18
Runs: Tyler Harward, 7
Hits: Jaime Boen, 14
RBIs: Joran Oien and Dylan Rose, 5
Doubles: Jaime Boen, 6
Triples: Evan Eriksmoen, 1
Walks: Bradon Peterson, 10
Stolen bases: Evan Eriksmoen, 3
Batting average: Jaime Boen, .466
Innings pitched: Isaac Ellingson, 23 1-3