The summer season ends too soon, but gives lots of valuable experiences

CEDAR MILL - For another team, it might have been tough to find positives after allowing 26 runs in two lost playoff games, but the Platt Electric AAA American Legion baseball team had no problem doing just that.

Platt Electric, Sunset's youthful summer team, battled its way into the Metro-Area American Legion playoffs, but ran smack into powerful Canby in the first round and came up short, falling 13-3 in seven innings on Saturday at Canby, then losing in a 13-10 thriller at Sunset High School on Sunday.

The loss ended Platt Electric's summer season at 22-19, but not its pride in its second season accomplishments and its hope for the 2007 spring season.

'Canby's a heck of a ballclub. They'll start all seniors next year and they do not make mistakes defensively,' said Platt Electric coach Korey Kier. 'But it was a good summer. We're going to be young next year, but I think we're going to be scrapping for one of those (Metro League) playoff berths.'

Canby was just flat-out the better team in Saturday's series opener, taking the playoff lead against Sunset ace D.J. Johnson with a convincing performance both at the plate and in the field.

Things looked just as bad on Sunday, when Canby raced out to a 10-1 lead against Platt Electric at Sunset, but Platt Electric made sure it went down swinging. Platt scored nine times in the bottom of the sixth, an inning highlighted by left fielder David Hosmar's three-run triple and a two-run single by shortstop Kevin Taylor.

'They walked a bunch of guys and then we got a couple of big hits,' Kier said.

Canby, however, steadied itself, took the game into the eighth tied at 10-10, then broke through for three runs that sealed its series victory.

Starting pitcher Daniel Manus actually held Canby in check for the game's first five innings, keeping Platt Electric within 3-1 before being forced out of the game after being hit on his pitching arm by a line drive.

'After that, the wheels just fell off,' Kier said.

Despite the sudden end to the summer season, Kier came away impressed with what he'd seen from some of his young players and hopeful about a 2007 team that will be led by Johnson, Kyle Harper and Taylor.