Creative Marble wins title

For the second consecutive season, Wes Miller has coached his way to a championship in the St. Joseph Little League Coach Pitch Division.

Miller’s team, Creative Marble, used a strong first inning, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning to defeat the St. Joseph-Stanton Firefighters team 11-1 on a picture perfect late June evening at the Major diamond near the grade school.

Miller, who coached his team last season to a victory over the favorites, Wicked Rascal Grooming, came into this season as the team to beat, and his players didn’t disappoint.

Creative Marble received a first round bye as the top seed, and cruised past Busey Bank on Wednesday night to reach the title game.  The Firefighters, who were coached by Kyle Appl, defeated Wyldewood Cellars in the second semifinal game on Wednesday night in stunning comeback fashion, scoring five runs in their half of the fifth inning to overcome a 6-2 deficit, then held Wyldewood scoreless in the top of the sixth inning to advance to the title game.  

In the Creative Marble half of the first inning, the first seven batters reached base, and five of them scored to take the early lead.  Creative Marble would add three more runs in the second inning, and one in the third to take a 9-1 lead through three innings.

The Firefighters lone run came in the second inning, as Tripp Palmer scored.  Appl’s team had plenty of chances to cut into the lead, but several good plays by Creative Marble thwarted any chance of a rally.

“We always say, have fun, play hard and get better, and throughout the year, we just got better and better”, Miller said following the game on his team’s victory.

Although the coach pitch ages are seven and eight years, Miller had a mix of players that made up his team.

“We had five second graders and about five or six kindergartners, and the younger kids learned really fast”, Miller added about the makeup of his team.

Creative Marble, besides Miller as the head coach, was assisted by Justin Franzen, and helped by Steve Hess and Brady Smith.  Members of the team are Kiptyn Rosenthal, Finn Miller, Tyler Hess, Nolan Franzen, Gunnar George, Jackson Sinnes, Brock Franzen, Waylon Jones, Kyler Smith, Miles Atwood, Lucas Stevens and Kelton Pruemer.

The Firefighters, who put forth a valiant effort, were assisted by Justin May and Chad Carter, and helped by Derek Graham.  Members of that team are Conlan Gill, Liam Carter, Kiptyn Appl, Ryder Van Meenon, Skyler Graham, Tripp Palmer, Cameron Palmisano, Landon May, Landon Thomey and Hunter Dilley.

The St. Joseph Youth Baseball League board would like to congratulate both teams on a very successful season, and congratulations to both teams for making the championship game one to remember.

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