Both Cambria Little League teams suffered lopsided losses Saturday, May 7. And while the coaches continue to emphasize to their players that learning the game, learning teamwork and developing baseball skills is more important than wins and losses, it’s difficult for young kids to absorb stinging defeats.
The Cambria Reds (who compete in the “majors,” an intermediate-level division) were shell-shocked in the first inning when the Los Osos Athletics scored a dozen runs, including a grand slam.
The good news, according to Coach Gary Stephenson, is that his Reds only allowed three runs in the final six innings.
The Reds did hit the ball solidly, but it seemed the line drives were right at defensive players, “and when we didn’t hit it at them, they made great catches,” Stephenson said. The final score was 15-0.
The AAA Cambria Giants (who play in the “minors,” the youngest Little League division) fell to the Los Osos Tigers, 11-4. Coach Matt Saunders said after an initial bright spot, the “air was let out,” and even though the Giants struggled, “we decided we were fighting through it and finishing strong.”
The Giants turned their first-ever double play; pitcher Jovan Merlos caught a pop-up and fired to first base to double up the runner.
Another positive for the team was when Chase Hayden ripped a triple to drive in Michael Dubnow in the first inning.
The Giants are scheduled to play two road games before their final game of the season, slated for Saturday, May 21, at home against the Los Osos Athletics.
Special to The Cambrian.