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Pulaski Middle School baseball

PULASKI – Two years ago, a group of parents decided that it was time to do something to help the baseball program in Pulaski County, and by doing so help improve the program at Pulaski County High School. After planning and organizing the effort, their dream finally became a reality in December of 2006, when the Pulaski County Middle School Baseball Association was formed.
The P.C.M.S.B.A., a non-profit organization , is sponsored by many local businesses and the Town of Pulaski, as well as by the players parents. This team is made up of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who are enrolled in either Pulaski or Dublin Middle School. Unlike most school systems in this area, the Pulaski County School system does not offer a middle school baseball program to it’s students, so the team is not affiliated with or sponsored by the school system in any way.
On their own, the group set out to get organized. They raised their own funds through sponsors and fundraisers. With the future in mind, the team took on the name of their older brothers in the Cougar Baseball program. They took the money they raised and bought uniforms and equipment. With everything in place, the group went out and found games and put together a schedule for their rookie season.
The team, which is coached by Randall Morris and Mike Barbour, went into the 2007 season with high hopes but realistic expectations. They finished the season with a record of 4 wins and 16 losses. While they didn’t set any big record in that first season, they did accomplish some of their goals.
“Our baseball program in Pulaski has always been a couple of years behind the other River Ridge District Schools“ said Coach Morris. “Mainly it was because these schools had a school sponsored middle school program for years. Although our program is not actually a school sponsored sport, it can do nothing but help the upper level program in the future. Win or lose, these kids are getting the chance to play ball on regulation size fields, and they getting valuable game experience that they haven’t been getting in the past.”
With their first season under their belts, the team began getting ready for the 2008 season. While everyone expected for the team to do better, no one expected to see the success that the team has earned. In the 2008 season, the Middle School Cougars finished with an amazing 20-4 record. After doing a lot of asking around, I have still yet to find anyone who can tell me of a Pulaski County team that has performed like that. This team beat teams from all over the New River Valley and Roanoke area, as well as teams from West Virginia and other areas of the state.
So how did they do it? Coach Morris gives the credit to his players. “We knew coming into the season that we was going to have a lot of talent on this team, but I never expected to be 20-4 at the end of it all. The kids came together in January and started to work hard. I could see improvement as each week passed. The kids worked hard to get where they ended up. We were able to turn the table on some teams that rubbed our noses in it last season. Our pitching staff also started the season strong and never let up. On the offensive side of the ball we scored 239 runs for the year while allowing only 89, averaging 9.95 runs per game while allowing only 3.70. We also hit 12 home runs on the year while allowing only 1.”
When ask if he could name who his stars or standout players were, his response showed one of the reasons this team performed like they did. “I can’t name one player or ‘superstar’, because the whole team stood out as one unit on the field. Whatever combination I had out there, I felt like we could win the game. The most improved player on the team in my mind is all 20 of them. I would think a first year program with a record of 4-16 that turns around and goes 20-4 in its second year is very much deserving as a whole to be considered most improved. We won as a team and we lost as a team.”
In the end, Coach Morris wanted to let everyone know that the program would go on, and that the coaches were excited about the future. “I am proud of this team and would like to wish our eighth graders the best of luck at the next level of play. I am also looking forward to next years team, which will be returning a very good seventh grade class. I would like to thank the players parents for getting these young men to where they needed to be and with all the help in raising funds so the kids could play. A special thanks goes out to the many local businesses in the County of Pulaski for their contributions to the team, not to mention the countless hours of field work at Dublin Middle School. After two years of working on the field we were able to play some of our home games there. In closing, we as coaches would like to thank the team for a season to really remember. I believe this is the best record of any team in Pulaski County history.”

Pulaski Middle School baseball

PULASKI – Two years ago, a group of parents decided that it was time to do something to help the baseball program in Pulaski County, and by doing so help improve the program at Pulaski County High School. After planning and organizing the effort, their dream finally became a reality in December of 2006, when the Pulaski County Middle School Baseball Association was formed.
The P.C.M.S.B.A., a non-profit organization , is sponsored by many local businesses and the Town of Pulaski, as well as by the players parents. This team is made up of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who are enrolled in either Pulaski or Dublin Middle School. Unlike most school systems in this area, the Pulaski County School system does not offer a middle school baseball program to it’s students, so the team is not affiliated with or sponsored by the school system in any way.
On their own, the group set out to get organized. They raised their own funds through sponsors and fundraisers. With the future in mind, the team took on the name of their older brothers in the Cougar Baseball program. They took the money they raised and bought uniforms and equipment. With everything in place, the group went out and found games and put together a schedule for their rookie season.
The team, which is coached by Randall Morris and Mike Barbour, went into the 2007 season with high hopes but realistic expectations. They finished the season with a record of 4 wins and 16 losses. While they didn’t set any big record in that first season, they did accomplish some of their goals.
“Our baseball program in Pulaski has always been a couple of years behind the other River Ridge District Schools“ said Coach Morris. “Mainly it was because these schools had a school sponsored middle school program for years. Although our program is not actually a school sponsored sport, it can do nothing but help the upper level program in the future. Win or lose, these kids are getting the chance to play ball on regulation size fields, and they getting valuable game experience that they haven’t been getting in the past.”
With their first season under their belts, the team began getting ready for the 2008 season. While everyone expected for the team to do better, no one expected to see the success that the team has earned. In the 2008 season, the Middle School Cougars finished with an amazing 20-4 record. After doing a lot of asking around, I have still yet to find anyone who can tell me of a Pulaski County team that has performed like that. This team beat teams from all over the New River Valley and Roanoke area, as well as teams from West Virginia and other areas of the state.
So how did they do it? Coach Morris gives the credit to his players. “We knew coming into the season that we was going to have a lot of talent on this team, but I never expected to be 20-4 at the end of it all. The kids came together in January and started to work hard. I could see improvement as each week passed. The kids worked hard to get where they ended up. We were able to turn the table on some teams that rubbed our noses in it last season. Our pitching staff also started the season strong and never let up. On the offensive side of the ball we scored 239 runs for the year while allowing only 89, averaging 9.95 runs per game while allowing only 3.70. We also hit 12 home runs on the year while allowing only 1.”
When ask if he could name who his stars or standout players were, his response showed one of the reasons this team performed like they did. “I can’t name one player or ‘superstar’, because the whole team stood out as one unit on the field. Whatever combination I had out there, I felt like we could win the game. The most improved player on the team in my mind is all 20 of them. I would think a first year program with a record of 4-16 that turns around and goes 20-4 in its second year is very much deserving as a whole to be considered most improved. We won as a team and we lost as a team.”
In the end, Coach Morris wanted to let everyone know that the program would go on, and that the coaches were excited about the future. “I am proud of this team and would like to wish our eighth graders the best of luck at the next level of play. I am also looking forward to next years team, which will be returning a very good seventh grade class. I would like to thank the players parents for getting these young men to where they needed to be and with all the help in raising funds so the kids could play. A special thanks goes out to the many local businesses in the County of Pulaski for their contributions to the team, not to mention the countless hours of field work at Dublin Middle School. After two years of working on the field we were able to play some of our home games there. In closing, we as coaches would like to thank the team for a season to really remember. I believe this is the best record of any team in Pulaski County history.”