By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– Practicing their groundball game, the Cascade Little League Intermediate 50/70 team will be looking towards their hardest two-game stretch of the season versus Mt. Angel and Corvallis Orange Wednesday and Thursday evening at home.
At 7-3, the Chris Brown-led team has steadily improved entering the two biggest games on their schedule.
“We’re looking pretty good,” he said. “Just the improvement on the kids, the improvement of catching with two hands, throwing the ball good, getting a good throw-hop, keeping an eye on the ball.
“At the beginning of the year, I told the boys I don’t care about the record. All I care about is you getting better and better and better. My goal is to have the kids learn and be ready for the next level and be at least a .500 team and they’re doing great.
Brown has received high credit from parents about the improvement of the kids under his coaching and how confident the kids are becoming.
“They believe in each other, and they’re believing in each other,” said Brown. “The biggest thing is that they got to stay and play together.”
As practice ends with the fame ‘Contact’ drill, the Intermediate 50/70 teams of Mt. Angel and Corvallis Orange will challenge and put to the test what they have learned to this point of the season.
The biggest thing that Brown is looking forward to is how they respond to the adversity as the last time these kids played Mt. Angel at the ‘AAA’-level, they were ten-runned.
“If things start to go bad, not quit,” started Brown. “Like we told them, if this play happens and a bad plays happen, move on from it. That’s the best thing that could happen. At this age, it’s very tough for a kid to sit there and dwell on that play. If it was bad, they keep thinking about it.
“What we’re trying to get them, and they’re doing a good job, is trying to move past from that play. There’s nothing you can do about it, it’s over (and) move on.”
Both games will start at 6pm at Field 2 at the Cascade Little League fields across the way from Cascade High School, and Brown is excited for what his team can do.
“If we can compete with them and have the game go good and have the kids get hits and our pitching is doing good and just go out and compete hard. That’s all I want them to do,” said Brown.