Leader & Times staff report
The 9-and-under Cimarron River Rattlers aren’t looking to face their toughest competition from other 9-year-olds.
In an effort to get better, the youngest edtion of the Rattlers faced to 10-year-old teams at the Haysvill Peach Basket 10-and-under tournament last weekend.
The Rattlers dropped both games, but competed in a loss to the Haysville 10-year-olds 3-1 and the Wellington 10-year-olds, 14-5.
In competition against a 9-year-old team, the Rattlers dominated, defeating the Haysville 9-year-olds twice, 20-1 and 22-0.
Brody Sumner had a perfect weekend at the plate against pitchers of any age. Sumner went 13-for-13, he hit for the cycle and had a grand slam.
Sumner, Braxton Hyde, Hunter Carson, Rodney Pando, and Lee Hatcher combined to pitch 10 no-hit innings on Sunday while only walking four in the two wins against Haysville.
All 11 players that traveled had at least one hit.
“This group of boys all like each other and always pull for their teammates,” Rattler coach Brandon Hyde said. “We have no me players in this group. They are a lot of fun to coach.”
While the Rattlers didn’t win against the older teams, the experience was good.
“It was nice to play some older kids as well as getting some confidence playing our own age on Sunday,” Hyde said. “It will be a great summer of baseball and this team can do some great things and go a long way.”
The 9-year-old Rattlers consist of Sumner, Hyde, Syris Dunlap, Lee Hatcher, Hunter Hatcher, Hunter Carson, Malcolm Wiltshire, Rodney Pando, Ericson Vasquez, Nelijah Tatum, and James Armstrong.