‘A’ for effort: CABA World Series will only get better

Abe Winter
Star Columnist

OK, only five teams plus the host Outlaws showed up for the CABA 14U World Series that was played over five days at both Connors Stadium and Tedesco Field in Miles City.

That certainly wasn’t what was anticipated when the Outlaws Baseball Club committee sought and received the bid to stage the event here in hot, dry eastern Montana.

But it will get better, I’m told.

“We have it for the next 10 years,” said Wendy Warren, a baseball fanatic who is high on the Outlaws organization.

She was part of the group that made it fun for the teams involved. For instance, the winning team from Seattle — En Fuego — and its followers, mostly parents, told her that “this is a friendly community” and more.

“They had never seen a tournament with announcers and music,” said Warren, who has one son in the San Francisco Giants organization and another on the roster at Oregon State University.

She praised the Glendive Sons of Pitches — a unique name that I came to embrace after wincing when I first heard it — for showing up and playing six games with only nine players.

After losing 11-2 in the semifinals to En Fuego, Dylan Nieskens of the Outlaws could only praise the opponents from Seattle.

“They’re really good,” he said. “They can all hit and they can all pitch.”

It was difficult playing — sometimes in back-to-back games — in 100-degree heat, especially for the catchers who much too often were getting pounded by pitches bouncing in front of them and then chasing the ball to the backstop.

Bottom line: “All the teams here are having fun,” Warren said.

Heck, the host Outlaws did OK, too, winning three and losing four, and easily could have gone 4-3.

Anyway, this tournament will grow. Count on it.

“It is an investment of a lot of work, a lot of time,” said Outlaws Varsity coach Monty Frare, who departed today with his team for the CABA World Series in Cheyenne, Wyoming. “But it’s a great opportunity for Miles City.”

I believe him and I’m thinking his pursuasive ability will attract more teams from afar in the future.



— It usually feels like summer has gone too fast when we are told high school athletes are reporting for the fall sports season. The preseason meeting for those in golf, cross-country, volleyball, football, dance and cheer will be held at 6 p.m. Monday in the Custer County District High School auditorium.

Golfers report to the Town and Country Club on Thursday. The other four sports plus cheer start practice on Friday, Aug. 11, followed by Dance on Monday, Aug. 14.

— I like the idea of giving out free lifetime passes — Blue and Gold for Senior Citizens — to our elderly, which includes me. Custer County residents ages 65 or older can get one — they provide free admittance to high school (CCDHS) and middle school activities (except tournaments) — at the Washington Middle School business office starting Wednesday, Aug. 16. Nice gesture.

— Practices already are under way for the Miles Community College women’s volleyball team, which has scrimmages next Friday on the road against Williston State College. First-year coach Chase Soennichsen may be one of the most enthusiastic coaches in the city. He’s certainly happy to have this job and has recruited 15 players, all but two from Montana.

(Contact Abe Winter at starcity@midrivers.com or 406-234-0450.)