Wherever baseball is played, there are winners and losers.
Heroes and goats.
Head coach Bill Stroschein, left, helps the Cedar
Rapids All-Stars get pumped up for their game against
the MABA All-Stars of Missouri. Press-Citizen/Jason
Even 10-year-olds are learning those lessons at the Midwest
Plains Cal Ripken 10-and-under Regional Tournament at
The Mineral Area All-Stars, representing the state of
Missouri, saw their season end in a marathon 19-18 loss
The Cedar Rapids All-Stars, representing Iowa, won the
game and advanced in their bracket.
"You bite off your fingernails," Missouri parent Tina
Tina and Dave Ruby drove more than 300 miles from their
home in Desloge, Mo., to watch their son, Justin, play
in Iowa City.
Justin said it was a good season even with the loss.
"Yeah," he said. "I've been playing since I was 6."
Justin doubled and tripled with three runs and three
"We're really proud of him," Tina said.
Austin Stroschein of the Cedar Rapids All-Stars has
eye black applied before Tuesday’s game.
Press-Citizen/Jason A. Cook
A win would have meant a chance at the regional title
and a possible berth in the Babe Ruth League World Series
next month in Vicennes, Ind. All-Star teams from Colorado,
Kansas, Minne-sota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
and the host team, Iowa City, also competed.
The Cedar Rapids All-Stars kept their hopes alive with
the win. After trailing 6-0 in the top of the first inning,
Cedar Rapids rallied for a 12-8 lead. Missouri kept coming
and led 18-12 entering the sixth and final inning.
"There's plenty of kids that get down on themselves,"
Cedar Rapids assistant coach Jim Redmond said. "Actually
the boy that scored the winning run, we took him out in
the second inning because he was down on himself."
That boy was Jim's son, Michael.
"He ended up coming back in, pitching the last inning,
getting the last out and ended up driving in a couple
runs and scoring the winning run," Jim said.
Cedar Rapids scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth
for the win. Michael Redmond scored the game-winner on
a wild pitch.
"It's happened before to us," Michael said. "We came
back by, like, six runs and won. The exact same thing
Jim said it can be hard coaching his own son.
"It's very emotional," he said. "The last two games we
had, when we shook hands with the other team, obviously,
they were leaving the tournament. Seeing the kids with
tears in their eyes makes it tough on me. It's just because
those kids try so hard, and they're good. To see them
be upset like that is tough."
Unfortunately for the Cedar Rapids players, they were
the ones heading home after Tuesday's late game. Colorado
won 14-12 and will play Minnesota in the championship
game at 5:30 p.m. today. If Colorado wins, the teams will
play again at 8 p.m. in the double-elimination format
to determine who will advance to the World Series.
Minnesota 7, Colorado 3
Iowa 19, Missouri 18
Colorado 14, Iowa 12
Minnesota vs. Colorado, 5:30 p.m.
Minnesota vs. Colorado, 8 p.m. (if necessary).