When it came to aerobic conditioning Wednesday, the 9u East Cobb Astros never got tired of feeling the burn.
With a full-on commitment to stealing bases against the Central Alabama Nationals, the Astros dashed away to a 17-5 victory in the first game of pool play at US Club Nationals in Atlanta. East Cobb scored five or more runs in three of the four innings and rang up 16 stolen bags in the first two innings.
Central Alabama kept on fighting, posting three runs in the bottom pf the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the run rule from ending the contest.
“We are extremely athletic, and we’re going to take advantage of our athletes. Simple as that,” said Astros coach Joe Dawson. “We are at East Cobb, so there are always expectations, and we’re the Astros, so there are even more expectations. Do the kids realize that? No – they are just here to play. Defensively, we struggled a little bit as the game kind of got out of hand, a lack of focus, and I’ll address that.”
The top of the Astros order reached base nine times in nine attempts, with seven runs the result. Brodie Archie scored three runs and stole four bases; Jayden Whiteside had two hits and four steals, and Sam Vincent drove in two runs with a double and a single.
“I like to get on base and have people hit me in,” said Archie. “I wasn’t really nervous – we get excited for the next game.”
“I just want to play loose and not worry if I get picked off, and get big leads so I can steal a base,” added Whiteside. “I wasn’t that nervous – I was thinking we have a real good team, and we’ll just go out there and compete.”
For the Nationals, Jonah Inman walked, stole two bases and scored; Joshua Thompson also scored and stole two bases. Isaac Mastin hit two deep shots to the outfield, scoring a run in the fourth inning.
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