Sweet Caroline for Little Leaguers

1 decade 1 year 3 months ago Saturday, August 19 2006 Aug 19, 2006 Saturday, August 19, 2006 6:43:49 PM CDT August 19, 2006 in Sports
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No defensive practice today, just a trip to the batting cages to work on the one-hit performance.

"We should be able to, I mean we know that we could've played a lot better than that. We just didn't hit the ball. We know that if we hit the ball, we will be able to beat any team we play," said pitcher Landon Clapp.

"Coach told us all to just block out the crowd and just pretend that it's just a regular old game and just be yourselves," added another Columbia little leaguer.

The bats woke up in batting practice, just ask Coach Echelmeier, he needed an ice pack on his arm.

"I was telling them try hitting a line drive up the middle and that's what they did. They hit a line drive right up the middle and off my elbow. So yep we're fine," Coach said.

While the team is all business, among the Columbia fans there is some monkey business in the stands.

"We found him hanging around, so me and my dad just bought him and then I brought him to one of the games and my brother hit a homerun, he hit a grand slam, so we called him Jeffrey the Rally Monkey," explained Jeffrey Ausmus' sister, Lindsey.

"It's mandatory that he attend every one of our games.And all of the parents love him, so he must attend, and he's brought us good luck. So hopefully it will continue here," added his hopeful mother, Julie Ausmus.

Landon Clapp takes the mound for Columbia Saturday night. He'll use the confidence he got from pitching one inning last night.

"I can handle these kids. I mean there was a little doubt going in whether if these kids would be anything spectacular or just the same we've been facing it helps," he said confidently.

No lineup changes but the parents are making a big change. They won't be wearing the purple Midwest shirts in the stands, they're switching back to the red Daniel Boone shirts to help them win a regional championship.

The game scheduled for Saturday night has been postponed until Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. eastern.

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