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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 22, 2017

3 Washington youth help 14U baseball team take second at state

By Bill Gatchel | Aug 10, 2017
Courtesy of: Curt Mayer Reese Mayer, Beau Larue and Noah Suchan display their silver rings they earned after their team took second place in the USSSA baseball state tournament last month.

Members of the Iowa Sticks Black 14U United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) baseball team recently finished a run in a state tournament taking second place, and three members of the team say it truly was a team effort to get that far.

“The whole team really wanted to make it there,” Beau Larue, one of the team members says.

“We worked hard all year, through the season, even with substitutes. One was hurt and one was on vacation.

“We decided to keep them because they were good.

“We won the first game of the weekend 10-2 against the Pella Heat,” Noah Suchan says.

“Then we played against the Ely Elite and won 9-7. The third game we played that Saturday (July 8), we won 9-5 over the Saints Navy.

“The next day we were all working together in the first game of the next day and won over the Indianola Braves 10-4.”

“The fourth game was a good game,” Larue says, “and we came out on top.”

“In the championship game, we did not play well at all,” Reece Mayer says. “We were down 8-1. We came back but lost 7-8.”

“We scored three runs in the fifth inning and three in the sixth inning,” Suchan says.

“In the seventh, we had one runner on second with one out. One of our teammates hit a short line drive to the second baseman.

“The other team dove and caught it. Reece couldn’t tag in time.”

“I was out, but we still got second,” Mayer says.

With each win, they were able to keep going.

“It really did,” they all say.

“I think our coach, Mr. [Nathan] Miller really helped us a lot throughout the year,” Suchan says.

“He’s trained us since winter. He was a lot of help, especially with the stuff he has now with the extra training we have.”

“It was nice being able to meet a lot of new people different towns there,” Larue says.

Representing Washington on a statewide level was fun, too, Larue says.

“There were a lot of big towns there,” Mayer added. “It was pretty cool.”

Looking forward to next year and beyond, the trio already have a plan.

“We are going to do the best we can,” Suchan says, “with school ball, and eventually get to state in our high school career.”

The three will be part of the Washington JV team next year and will take what they learned in the tournament with them to the Demons team.

“I learned that getting to know your teammates helps you play more together and helps you win ballgames,” Mayer says.

Suchan agrees.

“As long as you’re getting along and helping each other out, it makes a big difference,” he says.

“I learned that you have to be more vocal and get everybody excited,” Larue says.

“When you get everybody excited, you play better and you win ballgames.”

Even though the team did well, they didn’t get a trophy. Instead it was something different.

“We all got rings,” the three said in unison.

“I think they started doing the rings three years ago,” Larue says.

“The rings are silver,” Suchan says, “but it’s the same design as the first place, which was gold.”

The three are all going to shoot for getting a gold ring next year in the tournament.

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