Though they won’t be heading to Texas for the Mustang PONY World Series this week, the CBC All-Stars surely put up a fight, going 2-2 ( two wins, two losses) in last weekend’s Zone tournament at Harry G. Daniel Park at Iron Bridge.
Apart from the Bronco World Series tournament, which ran just 40 feet away, the tournament hosted four basball teams from the East Coast.
The CBC All-Stars, a team of 15 players from seven teams in CBC’s Mustang division (10-year-olds), who had an automatic berth as host team, ultimately fell to the hard-hitting power house Western Branch of the Chesapeake area Saturday morning in the championship game. It was CBC’s second time losing to Western Branch over the weekend.
Despite only having three weeks to prepare for the tournament, the CBC All-Stars did, however, beat Chambersburg, Pa., twice, once on Thursday and then again on Saturday morning to qualify for the championship game.
“I’m really proud of the way they came together as a team,” said CBC coach Ashley Arrowood. “They’ve played well together and they fought back hard. … And they earned the right to be here. They played a great team [who] earned the win. Good luck to them. The best team won today.”
“But I’m very proud of our boys, they played well together,” he added.
For Jerry Tyler, father of CBC player and Chester native Jordan Tyler, the weekend was a “great experience” for the youngsters – as they saw “great” opposing pitching, had to field hard-hit balls, and had to trust their teammates who they previously competed against during the spring.
“A lot of these other teams have been together a long time, so they’re used to working with each other,” said Tyler, who was also the coach of the CBC Chester team this spring.
“But for this team to have come together in such a short time and play as well as they have, I think it’s great. They got along like brothers, like a team that’s been playing all year together.”