TAMWORTH OUTING CLUB celebrates the Home Run Baseball League title on Sunday.
Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
August 14, 2017TAMWORTH — The Home Run Baseball League's inaugural season was a pretty competitive one, with the top three teams all finishing with the same record. It was fitting that the championship game would come down to the final inning on Sunday, Aug. 13.
Top-seeded Tamworth Outing Club got a two-out walk-off double from Riley Fletcher in the bottom of the seventh inning to overcome a rally from third-seeded Delaney's in the top of the inning that had tied the game, giving Tamworth the 7-6 win at KA Brett School.
Devin Nordlund got the start on the hill for Tamworth and Delaney's came up with four runs in the top of the first inning after two outs were recorded. Nate Holiday reached on an infield hit and stole second and Robbie Rohrbaugh worked a walk. A Cole Paro base hit plated the first run and after Hayden Robischeau worked a walk, Tyler Sprince reached on an error to make it 2-0. William Ahlgren followed with a base hit to drive in both runners for a 4-0 lead before Nordlund got a strikeout to end the inning.
Tamworth answered with a couple of runs against Delaney's starter Sprince in the bottom of the inning. Zack Smith led off with a triple and Brady King reached on an error to make it 4-1. King stole second and took third on a wild pitch before a Dylan West double drove him in. West was gunned down 9-4-5, with Ahlgren firing to Oleg Sheahan and on to Holiday for the out. Riley Fletcher followed with a base hit but Sprince got a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.
Matt Perkins worked a walk to open the top of the second but was forced on a grounder to short by Justin Stirt. Nordlund got the next two outs to get out of the inning. Jonathan Brooks reached on an error with one out in the bottom of the inning and Evan Eldridge worked a walk. One out later, Henry Moneypenny reached on an error to load the bases but Sprince got a strikeout to end the inning.
Holiday worked a walk with one out in the top of the third inning and stole second, but Brooks came out firing after a strikeout and gunned Holiday down stealing third to end the inning.
Stirt took over on the hill for Delaney's in the bottom of the third and King worked a walk to start the frame. He scored on a double by West and then a double from Fletcher tied the game at four. One out later, Jackson Ogren reached on a dropped third strike and stole second. Nordlund's sacrifice fly to left scored Fletcher to give Tamworth its first lead of the game at 5-4. Brooks was hit by a pitch and Eldridge reached on an error to plate another run and give Tamworth a 6-4 lead. Jake Apgar made a great catch in foul territory down the left field line to end the inning.
Paro led off the top of the fourth reaching on an error. One out later, after stealing second, he scored when Sprince reached on an error, cutting the lead to 6-5. Ahlgren followed with a base hit but Nordlund struck out the next two batters to get out of the inning.
With one out in the bottom of the inning, Smith worked a walk and Rohrbaugh took over on the mound for Delaney's. He got a strikeout and a pop up to Sheahan at second to end the inning.
Smith took over on the mound for Tamworth in the top of the fifth inning and Sheahan worked a two-out walk and Apgar had a base hit, but they were both stranded when Smith got a strikeout to end the inning.
Rohrbaugh struck out the side in the bottom of the inning, working around a base hit from Ogren and Delaney's threatened in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, Paro doubled but he was gunned down trying to score on an infield hit from Robischeau, with Nordlund making a nice throw from the edge of the outfield grass behind second. Sprince was hit by a pitch and Ahlgren worked a walk to load the bases, but Smith got a strikeout to end the inning.
Rohrbaugh again struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth inning, working around a base hit from Eldridge and the game went to the seventh with Tamworth up 6-5.
Perkins led off the top of the seventh reaching on an error and stole second. One out later, Riley Smith reached on an error, with Perkins racing around third and scoring to tie the game at six. One out later, Brooks gunned Smith down stealing second to end the inning.
Stirt and Sheahan both made nice catches on the right side of the infield to record the first two outs, but West kept the inning alive with a base hit. Fletcher then lined a double to deep left field and West raced all the way around to score, giving Tamworth the 7-6 win and the inaugural championship in the Home Run Baseball League.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.