Josh Jones belted a game-winning solo home run in the bottom of the seventh and final inning to give the Cubs a thrilling 9-8 victory over the Spanish Fork Angels, a team they’d already beaten once before during pool play on the opening day of the tournament. The Cubs ended up going undefeated (6-0) during the tournament, which featured 16 teams of seventh- and eighth-grade boys from around the state.
“We had a great tournament. Everybody on our team hit the ball well,” said Cubs head coach Scott Horton.
The team also placed first in the Moab City Recreation standings during the regular season. The Cubs were allowed to add one player from another team to take to the state tournament.
“Our pickup player was Christian Wilson, and he played right in the heart of our batting lineup, and his pitching helped us shut the other teams down when we really needed him to,” Horton said.
In addition to Jones and Wilson, pitchers Alan Snow and Taylor Horton also contributed on the mound for the Cubs.
As is Moab custom, the Cubs earned a ride on a fire truck through downtown Moab to celebrate their state title. The procession took place down Main Street on Sunday evening, July 21. For Horton and a few of his players, it was their second straight year of celebrating in such a fashion, as the Horton-coached Moab Angels, a team comprised of fifth- and sixth-grade boys, also placed first in the Pinto League’s state tournament played in Springville last year.
In this year’s UBBA Pinto tournament played in Salem, Utah, July 16-18, the Moab Padres, coached by Ken Williams, took second place overall, losing the championship game 7-4. It was the second straight year the Moab Padres had taken second in that particular tournament. Moab’s other Pinto League team that went to state this year, the league champion Red Sox, won one of their state games at a separate 16-team state Pinto League tournament played in Springville. The Red Sox were unable to advance past pool play.
In other recent state action, the Moab Braves of the Filly softball league, coached by Jeramey McElhaney, competed in the Utah Girls Softball Association tournament in Springville July 8-10. The Braves went 2-2 in state play, losing their first game, winning the next two and then losing one more to finish in seventh place out of 18 teams in the tournament.
McElhaney said his team showed growth throughout the season, and “stepped up” at the state tournament.
“Some of the girls who struggled during the season in Moab, when they got to state they really stepped up and came through big time,” he said. “All the girls played their hearts out.”