June 20, 2011
Rockies pull away to take Major title
It was a great day for baseball as the Crown City Little League crowned a Major Division playoff champion Saturday afternoon.
Jake Woods smacked a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to break a 2-2 tie and propel the top-seeded Rockies to a 4-2 victory over the second-seeded Cubs on Alliance Bank Field at Testa Park.
The Rockies (14-3) will advance to the District 8 Tournament of Champions which begins Saturday.
The Rockies scored twice in the bottom of the first inning to grab a 2-0 lead. Woods and Jake Smith each crossed the plate.
The Cubs (9-8) got one run back in the top of the third inning when Riley Foster scored on a passed ball. The regular-season runners-up tied the game in the top of the fourth when another passed ball allowed Aaron Kelchner to score.
Woods broke the tie with his home run as he scored his second run of the game to go with his two RBI day. Smith also scored in the inning and that would be it for runners across home plate.
Woods earned the win on the mound as he struck out 12 Cubs’ batters, with Smith tossing a total of 10 pitches as the duo combined on a one-hitter.
Matt Pasquarello pitched well for the Cubs and was a hard-luck loser. Pasquarello struck out 10 batters and allowed the Rockies just three hits.
IN MINOR DIVISION playoff action, the top two teams in the regular season will now meet in the playoff championship game. The top-seeded Nationals and second-seeded Reds shared the top spot at the end of the regular season with 9-3 records. A coin flip made the Nationals the top seed for the playoffs.
On Saturday, the Nationals defeated the sixth-seeded Mets 12-0 on First Niagara Bank Field in the first of the two semifinal contests. The Reds then sent the fifth-seeded Giants down to defeat 16-2 to earn a spot in the title game. The Minor Division Championship will be played Tuesday at 6 p.m. on Alliance Bank Field.
Nationals 12, Mets 0: Isaiah Bowers and Sarah Boyce hit triples as the Nationals scored four runs in each of the first three innings in the five-inning mercy rule contest. Holiday Sanders and Jack Gutchess chipped in with doubles.
Jake Atkins and Caleb Thompson combined on a four-hit shutout.
Reds 16, Giants 2: Zach Discenza hit two doubles and one home run to power the Reds in this five-inning affair. Jake Prunier added two doubles to the winning effort. Michael Jewitt threw out a Giants base runner’s steal attempt to end the game.
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