Cubs manager looks to 2020

SEMI-PRO BASEBALL

     Monticello Cubs first-year player-manager Tanner Felton expressed both delight and regret about the 2019 season, and optimism about the semi-pro baseball season to come.

     This year, the Cubs finished 3-11 in the Eastern Iowa Hawkeye League and 9-21 overall.

     The high point was the Holy Cross Tournament, in which the Cubs reached the championship game.

     “We played an awesome tournament that week, and put together some of our best baseball games we played as a team,” Felton said.

     The downside, he said, was the number of narrow losses the team experienced.

     “Our record didn’t show how well I thought the season went,” Felton said. “We played so many close games this year and came up just short in a lot of them.”

     Overall, Felton said he is excited about the team’s future.

     “All the guys will be back next season, and I’m looking forward to getting us back to winning a lot of ballgames with the young talent that we have,” he said. “We have a lot of guys who really enjoy playing, even though a semi-pro baseball season can be a grind.”

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