Beast Of The East Baseball Classic Is Over
The Beast of the East has ended and the two New Martinsville teams playing in their very first Beast each won a game in their 14 and under and 16 and under divisions.
On opening day, July 1, the New Martinsville-based 14 and under team, coached by Bill Starkey, lost 24-0 to Brad Mar Pines and then fell 20-3 to the Parma Titans.
The 16 and under team, coached by Chris Wise didn’t do any better in its opener, losing 14-0 to Hamilton Cardinals and then defeated Militia, 9-6. However, on Friday, both teams lost both of their games. The 14 and under team fell 12-2 and 15-0, while the 16 and under team dropped a 12-4 contest and a 9-3 decision.
On Saturday, the 14 and under team dropped a 22-3 game to W. Toronto and then claimed its only victory in the Beast with a 10-9 shootout with the Houston Dirt-bags. Meanwhile, the 16 and under team dropped a 13-2 and an 11-1 game.
On July 4, the 14 and under team lost a 6-1 decision in the sixth place bracket, while the 16 and under team defeated St. Marys 8-7 and then lost the seventh place championship 11-10 against the Steel City Slammers to finish their first tournament with a pair of wins.
“It was unbelievable,” said Starkey. “Out of the seven teams that opened up in New Martinsville, four of them were playing in championships on Sunday. That’s good baseball. Even though we only won one game, the experience was awesome and the players and I had a blast.”
Starkey went on to add, “We started at 5:30 in the morning to keep the Hydro Field in great shape and all the teams that played here enjoyed themselves and commented that the field was excellent. I couldn’t have done it without the help of Dale Deem, Randy Wilhoite, Ben Nice, and the Chronicle’s own R.J. Goode. They worked hard at keeping the field in great shape.”
At Magnolia, Head Coach Dave Cisar and Assistant Coach Vance Ash-along with Magnolia Athletic Booster President Greg “Flash” Bohrer-kept the high school field perfect, as always.
Next season, the Beast will expand with more teams playing in the area, including the new baseball field in Hannibal and maybe even PPG Park, as well as other venues.