SIKESTON -- Steward Steel tied for fifth place in the American League this year, finishing with a record of 4-8.
"It was a pretty good season, the kids had fun," said Steward Steel coach Steve Carlyle. "I had a few that really improved."
Josh Carlyle was the team's ace and one of the top offensive players, batting .664. Cody Rice was behind the plate and batted .620. Nick DeLa Rosa also did some catching.
Cody Anderson was at second base and Jordan Davis played short.
The outfield consisted of Cody Dykstra, Adam Robertson and Dillon Murphy. Blake Hurt pitched and played first. Jacob Pipkin was a pitcher and carried a .589 batting average.
"Jacob Pipkin never played before, but wound up throwing us some pretty good innings," said Carlyle. "Blake Hurt was probably one of the most improved players on the team. He hit really well and came in third on the team in batting average."
Carlyle and Rice were both first team all-stars. DeLa Rosa, Davis and Anderson were all named to the second team.
"There were times where we played really well, then times where we didn't play so well," said Carlyle. "There were a few games that could've gone either way. We could've gone 6-6 just as easily as we went 4-8."
Steward Steel was the No. 6 seed in the year-end tournament and lost in the first round to the Elks.
Members of the 2002 Steward Steel team in the American League of Sikeston Area Youth Baseball are Jordan Davis, Dillon Murphy, Nick DeLa Rosa, Cody Rice, Josh Carlyle, Adam Robertson, Jacob Pipkin, Cody Anderson, Cody Dykstra and Blake Hurt. The team was coached by Steve Carlyle, Rob Rice and Dwayne Anderson.