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Nailing the basics goes a long way

ALPENA, Mich. — The Thunder Bay 11U Blockheads baseball team (12-0) is one of the strongest teams in the area. For the past three weeks, they’ve won three tournaments all thanks to their bats and their effort on defense.  They are averaging 13 runs per game and have outscored their opponents 156-16.

“The biggest focus is to hit the ball hard and force the defense to make the play,” said head coach Scott Gagnon. “Most of the time, they’ve been able to find the gaps. Last year was kind of deflating, because we were in every championship game but always ended up in second place. This year, the kids have amped it up and turned it around.”

Not only have they been playing well on the diamond, but they’re also getting along with each other.

“They don’t bicker nor argue,” said Gagnon. “It’s like a little family we have on the field and it’s wonderful.”

The Blockheads return to the diamond on July 10, in West Branch.