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The Central State Spikes Red 16-and-under baseball team closed its 2014 season on a high note, winning six of its final seven games to end the summer campaign with a record of 21 victories, nine losses and a pair of ties. The recent hot streak snapped a four-game losing streak suffered by the Spikes over the July 4 weekend.
The Central State Spikes baseball program will hold tryouts for all age groups for the 2015 season this Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Unity High School baseball field. Tryouts for the 10U, 11U and 12U teams will be held from noon until 1:30 p.m. Tryouts for the 13U and 14U squads will be held from 1:45 until 3:15 p.m.
Read the full story in the July 31 issue of The County Star.
The Unity 9- and 10-year-old All-Star team ended its tournament season with a 1-2 record at the Little League Baseball District 2 Tournament held in Champaign. Unity’s first-round opponent, Champaign West, used a six-run second inning to power their way to a 12-3 win on Monday, July 7. Two days later, Unity prevailed in a 15-12 slugfest over Champaign East Blue in a loser’s bracket game.
The Unity 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars were eliminated from Little League District Tournament play on Wednesday, July 9, when they were defeated by Champaign East 13-3 in Champaign.
The Unity All-Stars finished the double-elimination tournament with a record of 2-2, picking up victories over Villa Grove and St. Joseph in between losses to Champaign East.
After sweeping through the Gold Rings Nationals tournament in O’Fallon, Ill., the final weekend of June, the Central State Spikes 16-and-under Red team was bound to come back to earth, and they did.
The Unity 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars got off to a shaky start at the Little League District 2 Tournament in Champaign last week but have bounced back with two victories in the loser’s bracket and still have a shot to make it to the championship round.
The Central State Spikes Red 16-and-under baseball team dominated its opposition during the weekend of June 28 and 29 at the Gold Rings Nationals tournament, held in the St. Louis Metro East Area. The Spikes won all four of their games over teams from Peoria and the St. Louis area by a combined score of 37-6. In three of their four games, the Spikes sent 10 or more runs across the plate.
With the end of the 2013-14 school year comes the time to select the outstanding athletes in each varsity sport during the year at Unity High School, as well as the overall Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
The Central State Spikes 14 and under baseball team has had to battle the weather during its first month of the season, just like their high school counterparts had to do in the spring. When they have been able to get on the field, they have played a competitive brand of baseball, and their 2-3 record could easily be reversed or better with a break or two.
A pair of Unity Rockets were named to the Okaw Valley Conference All-Conference baseball team recently. Junior Taylor White and senior Mitchell Snodgrass were selected for the all-conference team by the league’s coaches. The selections, which were not made with regard to position, included White on the First Team and Snodgrass on the Second Team.