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Champions crowned at Carter Park (07-24-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ Sentinel Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 09:35
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Jake Jicha (left) reaches for a ground ball at second as Max London attempts to beat the catch. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Three teams went home champions while three were graced with runners-up trophies on Tuesday night as Carter Park played host to Bowling Green Youth Baseball’s championship round.
The McDonalds/Key Bank squad won the Pee Wee League title (ages 9-10), Western Southern Life's team was the Junior League champions (ages 11-12) and AA Green/Myles Baker Street won the Senior League championship (ages 13-15).
All three teams were also winners of the regular season title.
Two of the three title games were won in dramatic fashion, while the McDonalds team had little trouble in their Pee Wee championship game.
McDonalds' three pitchers, Eli Brown, Brandon Tucker and Logan Meron led the team to a 9-1 win over Dairy Queen. The game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.
McDonalds built an early lead, and with the stellar pitching from Brown, Tucker and Meronk there was little doubt that a title was nearing.
"The kids came out early, and (Dairy Queen) pitched Ryan Jackson, one of the better pitchers in the league, and our kids were up to the challenge," said McDonalds head coach Craig Cookson. "We scored three runs early, off of him, which is no small feat. That kind of gave us momentum from the start and got the kids going."
The McDonalds pitching trio combined to throw a two-hitter and struck out 14 batters. Since the game was limited to five innings, McDonalds only had to record a total of 15 outs for the win.
Meronk also led McDonalds at the plate going 2-for-3 with a triple. Cade Cookson and Kolin Atwood each scored two runs for McDonalds, which finished its season 19-1 overall.
The Junior League title game saw some late-inning drama.
Western Southern Life walked away with a 4-2 win over their familiar opponent Myles Pizza/Eagles, but it came with a bit of a scare.
Down to their final two outs, the Eagles began a rally.
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Dylan Gerkens connects with the ball during the Bowling Green Youth Baseball Championships.
Dylan Gerkens scored on an error to cut Western's lead to 4-1 and later in the inning Erik Fertig plated Adam Iler on a groundout making it 4-2.
But the magic was over as Western's Tyler St. Clair was able to close out the game.
It was the sixth time the two teams have met this season and each game was decided by four runs or less.
"We knew that they were too good of a ball team not to come back on us," said Western head coach Scott Weiss. His team finished the season 16-3, with two losses coming to Myles Pizza/Eagles.
St. Clair and Carter Taft combined to pitch a gem, going 5 1/3 scoreless innings. The two pitched every inning of every tournament game.
Western's Taft, Garrett Wright and Connar Barringer all scored in the three-run fourth inning to push its lead to 4-0.
In the Senior League, AA Green and First Federal Bank could not settle the championship in just one game. They needed two and it was a 12-11 decision with AA Green coming out on top for the title.
AA Green entered the championship round after First Federal/Pacers knocked them into the consolation bracket in the first round of the tournament.
AA Green/MBS got its revenge by defeating First Federal/Pacers 14-4 by mercy rule in the first game on Tuesday night.
In game two it looked to be much of the same as AA Green had leads of 11-1 and 12-4, but those leads were quickly dwindled after a near meltdown.
First Federal/Pacers scored six times in the sixth inning to cut its deficit to 12-10, but AA Green/MBS recouped in time to escape as champions.
Noah Nietz pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and recorded three strikeouts to help AA Green hang on.
"It was definitely a momentum shift ... You saw the momentum shift just like that," said AA Green/Myles Baker Street head coach Steve Kampf. "We were running out of pitchers and luckily Noah came in and threw strikes and we got out of it."
Leading hitters for AA Green/MBS were: Blake Powers, 2-for-3 with two doubles and three runs scored; Owen Perry, 2-for-3 with two runs; Brock Powers, 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and two runs; and Jacob Konecny, 2-for-2 with a double and three runs.
AA Green finished its season 12-7 overall.
 

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