PHOTOS: Cloverdale Spurs battle Ridge Meadows Royals

The Cloverdale Spurs Tadpole team (U8) field the ball in a game against the Ridge Meadows Royals June 27 at Cloverdale Ball Park. On this play, the Spurs’ second baseman (glove in the air) snags a pop fly as a Ridge Meadows baserunner darts back to first. (Photo: Malin Jordan)The Cloverdale Spurs Tadpole team (U8) field the ball in a game against the Ridge Meadows Royals June 27 at Cloverdale Ball Park. On this play, the Spurs’ second baseman (glove in the air) snags a pop fly as a Ridge Meadows baserunner darts back to first. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Cloverdale’s third baseman makes a play against Ridge Meadows June 27 at in a U8 game at Cloverdale Ball Park. (Photo: Malin Jordan)Cloverdale’s third baseman makes a play against Ridge Meadows June 27 at in a U8 game at Cloverdale Ball Park. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Cloverdale’s right fielder makes a play against Ridge Meadows June 27 at in a U8 game at Cloverdale Ball Park. (Photo: Malin Jordan)Cloverdale’s right fielder makes a play against Ridge Meadows June 27 at in a U8 game at Cloverdale Ball Park. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Cloverdale’s shorty and left fielder collide while trying to make a play against Ridge Meadows June 27. (Photo: Malin Jordan)Cloverdale’s shorty and left fielder collide while trying to make a play against Ridge Meadows June 27. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Cloverdale’s shortstop holds the ball after an infield collision during a game against Ridge Meadows June 27. (Photo: Malin Jordan)Cloverdale’s shortstop holds the ball after an infield collision during a game against Ridge Meadows June 27. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Coaches from both teams confer during a U8 summer ball game June 27 at Cloverdale Ball Park. The Spurs played the Ridge Meadows Royals in an exhibition game in intense heat. (Photo: Malin Jordan)Coaches from both teams confer during a U8 summer ball game June 27 at Cloverdale Ball Park. The Spurs played the Ridge Meadows Royals in an exhibition game in intense heat. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
A Spurs’ pitcher tosses a ball to Ridge Meadows assistant coach Kris Schmidt. Teams at the U8 level use a pitching machine. (Photo: Malin Jordan)A Spurs’ pitcher tosses a ball to Ridge Meadows assistant coach Kris Schmidt. Teams at the U8 level use a pitching machine. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
A Ridge Meadows runner beats out the throw to first. (Photo: Malin Jordan)A Ridge Meadows runner beats out the throw to first. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Pause in the action June 27 at Cloverdale Ball Park. (Photo: Malin Jordan)Pause in the action June 27 at Cloverdale Ball Park. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Cloverdale Spurs’ head coach Vinny Dumas chats to the ump. (Photo: Malin Jordan)Cloverdale Spurs’ head coach Vinny Dumas chats to the ump. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
A Ridge Meadows base runner trots to third. (Photo: Malin Jordan)A Ridge Meadows base runner trots to third. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Head coach Vinny Dumas uses a pitching machine to pitch to his own team. (Photo: Malin Jordan)Head coach Vinny Dumas uses a pitching machine to pitch to his own team. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
A Cloverdale player fouls off a pitch. (Photo: Malin Jordan)A Cloverdale player fouls off a pitch. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Third base coach. (Photo: Malin Jordan)Third base coach. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
A Spurs’ base runner trots to third. (Photo: Malin Jordan)A Spurs’ base runner trots to third. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
A Cloverdale player fouls off a pitch. (Photo: Malin Jordan)A Cloverdale player fouls off a pitch. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Cloverdale Spurs try to stay cool during a game in intense heat June 27 at Cloverdale Ball Park. (Photo: Malin Jordan)Cloverdale Spurs try to stay cool during a game in intense heat June 27 at Cloverdale Ball Park. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
A Spurs’ base runner turns for home. (Photo: Malin Jordan)A Spurs’ base runner turns for home. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
The Spurs’ first base coach looks on as Ridge Meadows get ready to face the next Spurs’ batter. (Photo: Malin Jordan)The Spurs’ first base coach looks on as Ridge Meadows get ready to face the next Spurs’ batter. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
A Cloverdale player makes contact with the ball. (Photo: Malin Jordan)A Cloverdale player makes contact with the ball. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

The Cloverdale Spurs played the Ridge Meadows Royals June 27 in a Tadpole division game (U8) at Cloverdale Ball Park.

The game was originally scheduled for 11 a.m., but was moved earlier in the morning to avoid the heat. The teams also agreed to play only five innings (instead of six) in the exhibition match.

Cloverdale head coach Vinny Dumas’s team seemed to come out on top as the kids hit well and fielded well.

But Nor Ljunggren’s Ridge Meadows squad, having to play with slightly different rules for the first time, adjusted well and finished the game strong with solid hitting, base running, and fielding.

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“Our team started strong,” Dumas said. “We went up early in the game, but Ridge Meadows came back and scored four runs in the bottom of the third.”

Dumas said U8 is a fun age for those playing ball. “It’s really the first time these kids have the experience of competitive games. And kids at this age really thrive under those circumstances.”

He said they do keep score, but it’s not the most important aspect of summer ball. He noted summer ball is a bit more competitive than spring ball, so the kids are really into it and raring to play meaningful games.

“Ridge Meadows were a really good team,” Dumas added. “They have some really good hitters and they had some great fielders who were making plays. Anytime you see kids catching the ball and making plays, it’s fun for everyone.”

Cloverdale’s next game is July 1 against Richmond at Cloverdale Ball Park, while Ridge Meadows plays again July 4 vs. the North Shore Baseball Association at Upper Albion.

Both the Spurs and Royals will host their own U8 tournaments in July.



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