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Alta Legion takes state Legion takes state

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

The Alta American Legion team, composed of sixth and seventh graders, recently won the Iowa State title, according to the team's coach, Monte Roberts.

Alta won the district by beating Walnut Grove, 20-1. It advanced to the four-team state tournament played at Wall Lake.

The Alta youngsters opened state tournament play with a 20-12 win over the host team, Walnut. But in that game, Roberts said, his team trailed 8-1 in the early innings.

Alta relief pitcher Stewart Goslinga pitched the last 4 1/3 innings and it was just enough, as Alta finally got its bats going to win going away.

"We were way down early and it just shows that this team never gives up," Roberts said. "This team is sound fundamentally on both offense and defense but the best thing about it is it's never out of a game."

The rally kept Alta's hopes alive and the youngsters prevailed in the title game, beating Audobon, 15-1.

Next year, Roberts said, Alta will play host to the state tournament for sixth and seventh graders.

Roberts said the team was excited about playing in the tournament and that it was a good experience for them.

"There are always a lot of activities available for the kids at state, and I think they enjoy it," Roberts said.

"And they get to play different teams that they've never seen before."

Roberts added that he's been coaching this specific group of youngsters for the past four years.

The Alta fifth and sixth-grade teams took first and second in the Northwest Iowa baseball league while a team and seventh and eight-graders took first in that same league but in a different division.

"This group of kids doesn't always play together, but they player harder when they're behind," Roberts added.

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