They fall just short of winning the county title
Putnam Midget Nationals did their community proud this spring and summer, going 11-3 and winning their county league, and following that up with a runner-up finish at the recent Midget National County Championship Baseball Tournament.
The young Kingsmen came close to bringing home a county title, dropping a 15-14 heartbreaker to Gladstone in the county title game.
We probably would have won if it were not for a tremendous defensive play by one of their kids in the bottom of the fourth inning [of the championship game], said Putnam coach Doug ODell. We had two guys on when one of their outfielders made a great running catch.
The Kingsmen advanced to the county final through a 15-1 route of North Marion and a 7-6 win over Oregon City.
These kids have been a lot of fun to coach, said ODell. They take direction well.
He said that pitching has been a key to his Kingsmens success this year.
Our pitching has improved a lot since the first of the year, ODell said. The kids are throwing more strikes and giving up fewer walks.
He singled out Miles Williams (pitcher/shortstop/first base), Braedon Nall (pitcher/first base) and Noah Perkins (pitcher/second base) for standout pitching.
Rounding out the team are: Braedon Akers (outfield), Konner Bickford (outfield/second base), Mason Eads (third base/shortstop), Riley Fritz (catcher/second base), Owen Lundgren (shortstop), Michael ODell (first base/outfield), Walker ODell (outfield/third base), Parker Read (second base/catcher) and Mason Williams (outfield).
Read, 7, was the youngest player on the team, which included only four 10-year-olds Michael and Walker ODell, and Mason and Miles Williams.
David Eads and Mike Read assisted Doug ODell in coaching the team.