June 29, 2009
Rockies champs after turnaround
The Rockies completed a remarkable late-season revival, and coach Joe Prignon made good on a bet, as the Crown City Little League crowned a Major Division baseball champion.
In the title game showdown Saturday at Cortland’s Testa Park, the Rockies captured an 8-5 victory over the Phillies behind the 3-for-3 hitting of Ryan Tillotson.
The Rockies struggling earlier this season when Coach Prignon, after one of his players arrived to practice sporting a new mohawk hair cut, said he would get his own mohawk if the team won the title. With the title drawing near in the late innings, a quick call put Prignon hairdresser Lisa Breed on standby and she was there to do the honors after Prignon’s Rockies completed their remarkable turnaround with the title game victory.
After an 0-2 start to the season, the Rockies won 10 of their final 12 games to wind-up 10-4.
Four runs in the bottom of the third inning snapped a 1-1 deadlock and gave the Rockies the lead for keeps in the playoff finals against the Mets. While Tillotson led the eight-hit attack, Austin Perelka had a triple to go along with doubles by Kyle Travis and Matt Pasquarello.
The Phillies, who made things interesting with a three-run rally in the top of the final sixth inning, were held to four hits by starting pitcher Jacob Prignon and reliever Kyle Travis. Prignon struck out 10 batters during his four innings of work, Travis with two whiffs over the final two frames.
A triple by Jack Hearn and a double by Sage Brown led the Phillies attack. Starting pitcher Nick Craig had three strikeouts before being lifted in the fourth inning.
Minor League Semifinals
The Mets and Red will meet today for the Minor Division title at Testa Park after posting semifinal victories over the weekend. The Mets rolled past the Braves 17-2, while the Reds defeated the Brewers 17-8.
Mets 17, Braves 2: After falling behind in the first inning, the Mets rolled to victory behind a 17-hit attack. Andrew Randall drove in three runs going 3-for-3 at the plate, while starting pitcher Dillon Towers struck out eight batters in his three innings of work. James Lane had four Ks in his 1-2/3 innings of relief for the winners.
Reds 17, Brewers 8: The Reds scored in every inning, starting with four runs in the top of the first, and defeated the Brewers to advance to tonight’s championship game.
Jayson Wojcinski and Jacob Smith each doubled twice to power the Reds offense against four different pitchers. Luke Lang legged out a triple for the Brewers.
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