SIKESTON -- Fabrite took fourth place in the American League of Sikeston Area Youth Baseball this year, finishing with a record of 6-6.
It was a season of ups and downs that ended up somewhere in the middle.
"The season was not as successful as I wanted it to be," said Fabrite coach Bryan Montgomery. "Overall, I think all the kids stayed with it and tried hard all year long."
The squad suffered a tough blow in the early season when the No. 1 draft pick (Cody Hicks) moved. Fabrite was able to rebound though, giving powerhouse Sonny's Solid Waste all it wanted in a 5-4 loss.
But just when it seemed like the team had put it together, Montgomery went on a week's vacation, then spent the next week out of town on the job.
Fabrite lost three games in that two-week stretch and fell behind in the league standings.
"It wasn't because of an assistant coach or anything," noted Montgomery. "It was just the drag of the season, and we ran into some boys that were playing good ball."
Fabrite turned it back on late in the year, winning three of its last four games. The team was seeded No. 4 in the year-end tournament, but was blown out by Old Security in the first round, 20-4.
"The backing of the parents was better than I've ever had," said Montgomery. "And I've coached baseball for many years. We had some real good parents out there this year."
Matt Mayfield played third base, Andrew McDowell was at short, Jayme Milam was at second and John Rhoden was on first.
Michael Kindle was the team's pitcher and Jacob Ditto was behind the plate. The outfield consisted of Jeremiah O'Guin in right, Justin Pruitt in center and Joey Clark in left. Jacob O'Guin was a designated hitter.
Milam, McDowell and Kindle were the top players on the team.
"The most improved player I had was Matt Mayfield, by far," said Montgomery. "He started off kind of unsure of himself, but gained confidence throughout the year. He really ended up coming on strong towards the end of the year."
Sonny's Solid Waste won the American League regular season championship, but the Elks claimed the year-end tournament title.