Archive for Thursday, June 21, 2007

Cubs winless at Osawatomie Tournament

June 21, 2007

Few things help a young team bond quite like a road trip, and that's exactly what the Lansing Cubs did on Saturday and Sunday.

The Cubs (0-11), an American Legion baseball team that boasts eight 15-year-old players on its roster, hit the road for the two-day Osawatomie Tournament. They returned home on Sunday evening with five losses and no wins, but coach Mike Smith said the time together helped the team unite.

"The best part was we stayed over, and everybody hung out together and did some bonding off the field," Smith said. "That's always good for a young team to get to know each other better."

Smith said the Cubs hit consistently throughout the tournament, but pitching created a few problems.

"We've got some prospects to build on this year that just haven't developed the arm strength to throw hard yet," Smith said. "But they're throwing strikes, and that's what's important."

The Cubs also are 0-6 in the Leavenworth Baseball League this summer after a pair of losses Thursday night to the Leavenworth Knights. The Knights won the opener, 15-6, and then captured the nightcap, 19-7.

The Cubs were scheduled to play the Easton Lions on Wednesday night in a doubleheader that didn't finish in time to meet The Current's 5 p.m. deadline. The Cubs play again at 6 p.m. Sunday against Tonganoxie at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.

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