WOODBURY – The Woodbury Baseball & Softball U8 travel baseball team scored first against their opponents from Danbury on Saturday. However, the Danbury bats came alive in the second, and the Hatters went home with an 18-1 win.
“Even though they lost today, they’re still happy,” said Woodbury manager Stu Young. “It’s a little fun in the sun. They love coming out to play some baseball, they all got smiles on their faces.”
Young said he is working with a rather young team, which is made up mostly of 7-year-olds.
“It’s really a big jump up for them [from Rookie League ball],” Young said. “But they’re a strong 7-year-old group, and I believe these kids are going to pull it together and win some games.”
At this stage of the game, Young said he and his coaching staff are working with the team on fielding, hitting, and working together as a team. Young said the most important thing the U8 team is working on is communication, and knowing when to throw the ball to what base.
“They’re all listening to each other out there,” Young said. “The biggest thing we talk about is communication. They’re doing really well with it.”
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The U8 team is playing against other kids from other towns, and Young said that helps them focus on fundamentals in a game situation.
Players do not pitch at the U8 level. Instead, a coach from the team at bat pitches with a manual-powered pitching machine. The machine is adjusted between at bats to compensate for a hitter’s height.
Woodbury scored its lone run against Danbury in the bottom of the first inning. Markus Galins led off with a single to left field, and went to second on a single by Dillon Ulrich. Galins scored after a line drive to third by James Young, when the Danbury third-baseman overthrew the second baseman in an attempt to double Galins up.
Joey Lynch had two hits for Woodbury. Galins, Ulrich, Ethan Meyer, Billy Herr, Jack Lynch and Troy Brighthaup each had one hit for Woodbury.
The U8 team’s next game is Monday in Washington against Shepaug.