The satisfaction of finishing first was the reward for 12 boys who kept working hard and refused to quit.
"They had a strong desire to become better ballplayers and put victories on the scoreboard, and that is just what they did over the course of the season," said Coach Herb Poulette.
The year started out with a loss for the group of 6- to 8-year-old coach-pitch boys, with the team losing 3-2 in the season opener.
In that game, there were as many strikeouts as base runners, as 11 fanned in a five-inning game.
That meant the other team had only to make four defensive plays to record the 15 outs needed.
However, the team didn't hang their heads and give up for the season.
They continued to work, and things slowly turned around.
The second Saturday, they played two games. By cutting down their strikeouts and continuing to play solid defense, they won the first game 3-0.
They faced a very good Thayer team, with five of the 11 players returning from last year, in the second game.
They battled for eight innings with both teams, making several good defensive plays. The game ended in a 2-2 tie, due to limited time, putting the record at 1 win, 1 loss, 1 tie.
The team really took off after the second week, running off seven victories in a row, never scoring less that six runs in any of them.
They finished the season 8-1-1, standing alone in first place.
The team has some great hitters and outstanding defensive players, with good gloves and strong arms.
"What the team really has is 12 young boys with 'we-will-not-quit attitudes,'" said Poulette. "They showed this in the season finale whey they fell behind a hard-hitting team from Thayer 6-2 after the first inning, but refused to quit and battled back to win 9-7."