Stanford wins both Little League and T-Ball Tournaments

By: 
Vance VonBergen

The Triangle League wrapped up their yearly season by having a Youth Baseball (Little League) and T-Ball tournament this past Saturday in Geraldine. Teams participating in T-Ball were Fort Benton, Geraldine, Harlowton, Stanford, Tri-City and Winifred. Those participating in Youth Baseball were Fort Benton, Geraldine, Stanford, and Winifred.
T-Ball presented a tough tourney, as regular season champ Winifred entered with only one loss to the second-place team Stanford, followed by Tri-City, Fort Benton, Harlo, and Geraldine. The tournament held true to the regular season standings up until the semifinal game when Stanford played a fabulous game, easily taking care of the top seed Winifred team. This is a true double elimination tourney, however, and Winifred played around knocking off a tough but tired Titan team to earn another shot at Stanford in the championship. Winifred had Stanford on the ropes 12-9, entering the last inning and Stanford’s last at bat. The Stanford bats came through though, plating four runs and making Stanford the champs for the third time in four years.
Congratulations to all teams and Geraldine on a fabulous day for baseball!
Youth baseball, for the first time in a few years, grew to four teams, making the season a little more competitive and interesting come tourney time. Stanford was sitting at the top, so they earned the right to play the fourth seed or Winifred. Stanford dispatched Winifred for the third time this season as Xander Houseman pitched two strong innings, and Ridley Hungate closed down the Winifred bats the last two innings to cruise to the championship game vs. the winner of the Fort Benton vs. Geraldine game. A slow start by Geraldine doomed them as they couldn’t find the strike zone and got down to Fort Benton before almost rallying in the last two innings. Fort Benton held on, earning them a shot at Stanford.
These two teams had split during the regular season, Fort Benton winning in Stanford earlier in the year and Stanford taking care of business a few days before the tourney. After digging themselves in a 5-0 hole, Sydney Von Bergen came on to pitch the last three innings, only allowing one run while the Stanford bats came alive with Xander Houseman hitting an in-the-field-grand-slam homerun to put Stanford over the top. This is the first championship for Stanford in youth baseball since 2006.
Both Paul Dostal Triangle League traveling trophies will reside in Stanford for the year in the Stanford School’s trophy case.
Softball did not hold a tournament this year as only two teams fielded regular season squads and teams could not be filled for the tournament.

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