Little League fans! For people looking to follow my Little League team, the defending Pittsfield League Champion Kleinschmidt Cougars, I’ll be updating the Gamechanger account all season long. First game of the season is Tuesday, May 1st versus the Elks.
We’re looking to repeat.
Norman Duncombe looks to build off a season where he improved to .500/.614/.765 with 17 hits and 7 extra base hits. He hit in 21 RBI’s and scored 20 runs himself in 11 regular season games and upped it in the two playoff games (going 3/4 with 2 BB’s, 3 RBI’s and 2 runs.
In addition to being the cog of the batting order, Duncombe also is the workhorse No. 1 starter for the team. He posted an impressive 52 K in 23.2 IP, yet an inflated 5.07 ERA and 1.77 WHIP in the regular season, but ramped it up in two abbreviated playoff starts (due to the 6 total IP rule).
He finished the season with a 3-1 record, and went 1/1 in save chances. In those 6 playoff IP, Duncombe posted a 2.00 ERA / 1.50 WHIP with 13 punchouts and most importantly of all: a title game victory.
Blake Frost, the league’s lone 13 year old, will be back to wreck havoc on the basepaths and behind the plate. A real student-of-the-game, Frost claims to have learned to throw a curveball, but we won’t let him unleash it. He scored 22 runs in the lead-off spot last year and will likely move down to the #2 spot where his leadership will be counted on to drive in runs.
12 year olds Brandon Rush (batting clean-up) and Nathaniel Tolman (batting lead-off) look to bolster the bullpen and get some spot starts, as well as pay a key role near the top of the order. Trapper Sprague has also shown flashes of offensive whiz (and inside-the-park HR in a scrimmage) while being a utility weapon all over the field.
Tucker Sharples has finally started to hit the ball out of the infield and that bodes well for the bottom of the order guys. Young players Cole Steeves (2B) and David Edgecomb (OF) are still finding their timing at the plate, but have held the fort in abbreviated roles on defense.
Again, the title defense begins May 1st at Legge’s Diamond in Pittsfield. Follow link is: here