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Yough junior squad ends season with 2 tourney losses

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review
Yough's Mike Martini gets the force out on 2nd against West Point's Hunter Espressi during a junior league game at Norvelt field on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.
Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review
Yough 3rd baseman Scott Houseman makes a play during a junior league game against West Point at Norvelt field on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

While preparing for the Westmoreland Little League District 2 Junior Championship baseball tournament, the Yough Juniors all-star team had a bright outlook following a 13-2 regular season, according to Bill Lovett, the squad's coach.

The team lost two consecutive games in the double-elimination tourney, however, to finish its season 13-4.

In the first round, Yough faced the West Point Juniors all-star team and fell 18-6.

“We had way too many errors in this loss, which isn't our style of baseball,” Lovett said.

The loss meant Yough had to win out to reach the tournament's championship game held Saturday.

That did not happen, as the team fell, 8-4, in a second-round game to the Sharon Juniors all-star squad to end the season.

Despite the loss, the team stuck to the game plan that led to so much success in the regular season, Lovett said.

“We didn't play bad at all in this game, in my opinion,” Lovett said.

While the Yough Junior all-star team's season did not end the way the players wanted, there are plenty of positives the squad can take from the season, Lovett said.

The team played well enough to secure the 2014 Junior Little League District 9 championship.

Since a lot of the team's members will play on the Yough varsity squad in a year or two, they can take this successful regular season and apply what they learned toward being better players at the next level, Lovett said.

“I always tell them to never give up, and to keep their head up,” he said.

John Poole is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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