The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 29, 2013

Webb City Little League preps for Region

By Richard Polen
Globe Sports Writer

— Webb City’s 12-year-old Little League team will play the Nebraska state champion at 1 p.m. Friday in pool play at the Little League Baseball Central Region Tournament.

The tournament is held at the Reuben F. Glick Little League Center in Indianapolis.

Webb City won the Missouri state championship Sunday by defeating Northwest Missouri 10-6 at Sunny Jim Park. Webb City, trailing 5-1, tied the score with a four-run fourth inning, then added five runs in the sixth inning.

“I don’t know what it is about this team,” said head coach Jeff Monroe. “We seem to find ourselves behind, but they don’t hang their heads. They just believe. They don’t give up.”

This will be Webb City’s second 12-year-old Little League team to play in Indianapolis this summer. The girls softball team also won a state championship and advanced to the regional.

“All of the boys are real excited,” Monroe said. “I’ve been talking to other coaches who have been there and they all say what a great experience it is.”

Webb City will play the Minnesota champion at 5 p.m. Saturday, the North and South Dakota champion at 4 p.m. Sunday and the Iowa champion at 7 p.m. Monday.

Carthage competes in Minnesota

Carthage’s 11-under baseball team won one of three games during pool play last week in the Cal Ripken League Midwest Plains regional tournament at Waite Park, Minn.

Bemidji, Minn., scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and defeated Carthage 10-9 in the Blue Heat’s first game Friday. Carthage outhit Bemidji 16-13.

Carthage bounced back Friday night and defeated a team from the Dodge City, Kan. area 11-6. The Blue Heat led 8-2 after two innings and went on to outhit their opponent 13-9.

Carthage (22-8) was eliminated by Bismarck, N.D., 12-0 in four innings Saturday. Bismarck outhit the Blue Heat 8-1.

“We faced a good team and one of the best pitchers in the tournament,” said Carthage manager Brad Green. “It was a great experience for our players. We definitely had the talent to compete at this level.”