|Holyoke Sluggers take 2nd|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
The Holyoke Sluggers 10-11-year-old travel baseball team earned a second-place finish in their division at a McCook, Neb. tournament Saturday, May 25.
Holyoke finished the day 2-1, beating Gothenburg, Neb. and North Platte, Neb. and falling to McCook, Neb.
“I thought we played fairly well, considering it was our first games of the year and the other teams there had already played at least eight games,” said coach Ron Lock.
Members of the Sluggers baseball team who captured runner-up honors in last weekend’s tournament are pictured from left, front row, manager Wyatt Sprague, Miles Sprague, Xander Speicher, Ethan Johnson, Bryan Garcia Rios and manager Jaret Peterson; and back row, coach Bruce Peterson, Mason King, Braden Anderson, Caleb Deaver, Blake Mosenteen, Trevor Peterson, Seth Watson, coach Ron Lock and manager Reid Sprague. Not pictured are Slaten Burris and coach Russ Sprague.
The Sluggers topped Gothenburg 8-6 to begin the day. As a team, Holyoke drew nine walks and had two batters reach base by getting hit. Caleb Deaver and Mason King handled pitching responsibilities, combining to allow just four hits and six walks in the game.
In the second match of the day, the Holyoke squad lost to McCook 15-7. Braden Anderson and Xander Speicher both pitched in the match, allowing two hits and 12 walks. Slaten Burris led the team with a triple and a single at the plate.
To finish the day, the Sluggers knocked off North Platte 9-3. Trevor Peterson and Blake Mosenteen combined to allow just four hits and four walks. Deaver and Mosenteen each put together two-hit performances.
The team will next compete in Sterling’s tournament Saturday-Sunday, June 1-2.
Holyoke Enterprise May 30, 2013