Rockies-Red Sox Clash for Championship
Outstanding Players Named for the Wood Bat League
October 10, 2017 Madison MS - The P360 Fall Wood Bat League wrapped up Tuesday night with a thrilling Championship Game between the #1 Red Sox and #2 Rockies. The Red Sox advanced to the final game by defeating the Dodgers 10-2 in the elimination game played prior to the Championship.
Jack Hilton from Brandon took the mound for the Red Sox to start the game, and the Rockies went to work to scratch out two runs in the first. With 2 outs, Noah Brown was hit by pitch, followed by a single from Blake Dilmore. Will Newell promptly tripled in his first trip to the plate, giving the Rockies the 2-0 lead.
The Red Sox remained hot as they entered the contest as the top seed in the league, with Avery Thomas leading off the bottom of the first with a double. Cannon Harvey batted him in with a single, cutting the quick lead in half, then Cole Drake drove him in to tie the game at 2-2.
The Rockies struck again in the 2nd inning, taking advantage of a lead off walk to Ian Richard. With one out, a pick off attempt of Richard at 1st base led to a 2-base error, as the throw went wild into right field. With Wyatt Buck at the plate and two outs, Richard scored on a wild pitch from Hilton before Buck struck out to end the inning with the Rockies leading 3-2.
Both pitchers, Jack Hilton and Reeves Baugh settled in and with stellar defense from both teams. The score remained 3-2 until the bottom of the 4th, with Cade Ramano taking the mound for the Red Sox in the 4th. Jack Ferguson singled on a line drive to center field with one out, and with 2 outs Cannon Harvey drove him in with a base hit to center to tie the game. Sam Roffwarg singled with a hard ground ball to left field with 2 strikes to keep the inning alive, and Cole Drake drove a ground ball to right field to score Harvey, giving the Red Sox their first lead of the game, 4-3.
The Rockies bounced back in the top of the 5th, with Brady Johnson belting a base hit to right field with one out, and advanced to 3rd with a double to left field from Wyatt Buck. Johnson scored from 3rd on a wild pitch to tie the game at 4-4, and the inning ended that way with Buck stranded at third.
Keonte Carter took the mound for the Rockies in the 5th, inducing 3 outs around a walk issued to Riley Sessums to keep the score even. He then took a hit by pitch from Romano in the top of the 6th, setting the stage for an exciting finish.
Noah Brown doubled on a deep fly ball to right field, and Carter held up at 3rd with one out. Tristan Tigrett took the mound in relief of Romano, and Carter scored on a daring run to home on a wild pitch, winning a close call to give the Rockies the lead 5-4. Blake Dilmore picked up an RBI with a rocket shot double to left field, scoring Brown and increasing the Rockies lead to 6-4. After an intentional walk to Will Newell, Tigrett induced a fly ball and ground out to get out of the inning and set up the bottom of the 6th.
After Keonte Carter issued 2 walks to start the inning, including a four pitch walk to Cannon Harvey, the Red Sox were in business with two runner on, including Avery Thomas who led off the inning with a walk. Coach LaDerick Williams took a visit to the mound to assess his pitcher, and after a lengthy discussion left Carter in the game to win or lose. He induced a ground ball to short, but Brady Johnson bobbled the ball, allowing Sam Roffwarg to reach first on an error, loading the bases with no outs. Cole Drake picked up a sacrifice fly to deep right field to score Thomas from third, but the other runners remained at 1st and 2nd with one out. Carter then faced Gentry Tigrett, who hit a sharp ground ball to second baseman Zac Watkins, who flipped the ball perfectly to SS Brady Johnson for the force out. Johnson judged quickly that he had a better shot at completing a double play at home rather than throwing to first, threw a strike to catcher Ian Richard, who was waiting for the running Cannon Harvey from third to complete the play and end the game with the Rockies winning the Championship 6-5.
Wood Bat League Awards
Wilson A2000 Overall Outstanding Player Matt Corder - Germantown High School
Wilson A2000 Outstanding Pitcher Jack Hilton - Brandon High School
Louisville Slugger Oustanding Outfielder Reeves Baugh - Germantown High School
Louisville Slugger Outstanding Infielder Murray Hutchinson - Madison Central
Louisville Slugger Outstanding Catcher Gentry Tigrett - Brandon High School
Louisville Slugger Outstanding Hitter Spencer Wright - MRA
Louisville Slugger Offense Impact Player Christopher Snopek - MRA