Oregon team honored for championship winWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Oregon Jr. Eagles were honored July 14 by the Toledo Mud Hens for winning the Nations Baseball State Championship last June 19.
“I think that it’s awesome that they take the time to congratulate our youth that are working hard,” Oregon head coach Paul Lambrecht said. “For them to get the chance to get out in front of the people, especially at a Mud Hens game, is great.”
Oregon finished the season ranked as the top-ranked team in the country (under age 11) out of 490 teams in Nations Baseball on its way to the state title.
“It’s almost like it’s not real,” Lambrecht said. “It’s like the equivalent of winning the national championship in basketball. The kids put it all together and played almost eight perfect baseball games.”
The Jr. Eagles were 22-14 on the season, but won all eight games in the tournament. They outscored their opponents 70-24 in the postseason to clinch the championship.
The bulk of Oregon’s team has been together for four years, since Lambrecht assembled the squad. The team struggled early on, posting a 4-22 record in 2008, before finishing in the top eight in the state the next two seasons.
“The first year we played together we got killed by everyone,” Lambrecht said. “We learned a lot and the following year we came back and played better, the next year we played even better and this year we put it all together.
“It was wonderful to see them mature. As a coach, when they put everything together they’ve been taught and play great, it gives you a lot of pride.”