The Midnight Suns U14 baseball team earned a national magazine write-up for their spring break trip to Arizona last month.
The Juneau team was featured in the April 2004 edition of Super Series Baseball, a magazine covering youth baseball, after its March 18-27 trip to Phoenix. The Midnight Suns played nine games on the trip, posting a 6-3 record that included a 1-2 record in the Super Series Spring Training Classic baseball tournament featuring about 70 teams from around the country.
"We finished 6-3, but we really should have been 7-2," Midnight Suns manager Chris Monagle said.
Monagle said he was "really pleased" with how the team did on the trip. The Midnight Suns had been practicing in local gyms until their trip, then hit an area with temperatures in the 100s to play teams that already had 20 to 30 games under their belts.
"We stepped out of the gym and got on Adair-Kennedy (Memorial Park) one day when it was in the high 30s, just so we could hit some long flies," Monagle said. "The first three days were in triple-digits, but after the first night where we couldn't sleep we adjusted pretty well. We stayed really hydrated and went for cover whenever we could."
Monagle said the Midnight Suns have sent high school-aged baseball and softball teams to Arizona before, but this was the first time for the U14 squad. He said the other Midnight Suns teams usually attend camps and clinics, but they decided to line up games because it was cheaper with no $500 camp fees and they found a lot of teams willing to schedule games with them.
"We usually get a 20-game season, so we picked up another half a season in one week," Monagle said.
The players on the trip were Johnathan Davis, Collin Monagle, Joe Kohan, Shane Rud, Buzz Ward, Jeff Craig, Jeff Davis, Sean Bavard, Cory Mahar, Sean Ibesate, Josh Mayer and Dillon Kolvig. Besides Monagle, the team was coached by Kim Mahar and Tom Mayer.
"The kids were just in heaven, they were having a blast," Monagle said.