Little League teams winding down their 2014 schedules

BALDWIN — The Buckley team of the Lake County Little League game pulled out a thrilling 13-12 victory at Riverton Monday night. It lasted five innings.

Phil Jones was the winning pitcher.

“The whole team played well,” coach Bill Buckley said. “It was a good deal.”

Buckley’s team is 2-0. The squad has a makeup game with Scottville at a date to be determined.

The Mollohan team was scheduled to have home games Wednesday and Thursday of this week. One of those was a makeup game.

There are hopes for a tournament this Saturday, Buckley added.

T-Ball, Coach-Pitch

T-Ball and Coach Pitch had its final official games last week. This Friday, the leagues will have a year-ending event, said T-Ball head coach Jerry TenBrink.

“We had 28 players when we started out,” he said. “It started dropping. We played about three games, then it tapered off.”

When the season ended, TenBrink had about 20 players, which he considered to be a favorable number.

He’s hoping those numbers will eventually join the Coach Pitch League.

“A lot of them will,” TenBrink said. “It’s up to the parents if they want to keep them another year (In T-Ball). I’ll take them another year. I teach them to hit off the tee for five or six games. Then I break them into Coach Pitch so when they get to (that league), they’ll be ready. Quite a few of them can hit pretty good.”

TenBrink looks at averaging about 30 youngsters in the league.

“We played almost two months,” he said.

Among the Coach-Pitch players who enjoyed his summer in the league was Donovan Veenstra, 8. He was on the Red team all season

“Hitting the ball and getting home runs,” is what he said he especially enjoyed about the league. “Most of the time I’ve been hitting off the tee. I haven’t been hitting off the tee in a long time.”