The Meridian Star
MERIDIAN — This week, Coke is perfect in Phil Hardin league play as the season heads into the second half.
For the second straight night, the boys with their favorite soft drink splashed across their chests, walked off the field with two wins under their belt topping Structural Steel and Subway to close the week at 4-0.
"I couldn't be more proud," Coke coach Dusty Webb said. "The effort's been great all year, and the attitude. They get all the credit. They are the ones making the plays."
Webb said the game against Subway came down to the defensive plays and the boys' willing to never give up, by mounting a sizable lead in Game 2 of the doubleheader winning, 11-5.
The meeting with Subway was the second of the season, and until scoring insurance runs in the fifth, it was the same tough game as earlier in the season.
"It was a battle just like this game. We'd get up two, they'd come back answer with two runs, we'd score two again, they'd do the same thing," Webb said. "The kids were great. They never hung their heads and they played great defense."
At the plate, big hits came from Stephen Mimbs, Joshua Buxton, Jimmy Smith and Landon Nixon.
But in the outfield and at the bases plays were made to prevent runs.
After losing its first basement to injury, Webb was forced to shuffle his defense.
"We had to put a replacement in and never missed a beat," Webb said. "Great job on them."
In the final inning, he'd learn that moving Madden Gerald from left field to second base was ideal.
Gerald only turned 7 years old at the beginning of July, but his mother, Nicki, said she moved him up to play in the Phil Hardin league because he was ready.
"He loves it, he hangs with him," Nicki Gerald said. "He think he is one of them."
Webb echoed feelings, especially after watching Madden get two of the final three outs to end the game.
"Heck of an athlete for us, comes in from left field to second base and does a heck of job," Webb said. "Just did a heck of a job."
After applying the a perfect tag at second base from short stop Joshua Buxton in the fourth inning, he recorded the last out in a rundown between first and second base, flipping the ball the first baseman Parker Webb.
For the night, the wins should boost Coke into second place in the league at 8-3, while Subway drops to 6-4.