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Astros, Rockies win Sparks Babe Ruth city tourney titles
by Damian Tromerhauser
Jun 29, 2012 | 1036 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In the championship game of the Sparks Babe Ruth League 14-year-old Main Division, the Astros took the season crown with a 9-3 victory over the Dodgers. The Astros went unscathed through the bracket, outscoring their opponents 37-12 to earn the championship.

The Astros went to work early against the Dodgers, scoring at least one run in each of the first four innings.

In the bottom of the first inning, T.J. Fiorelli got things going for the Astros when he scored the first run of the game on a sacrifice from Austin Garrick for the early 1-0 edge.

The Astros tacked on another run in the bottom of the second. Andrew Gardner and Gavin Dinubilo reached base with back-to-back singles before Jared Wes hit a ground-rule double to left field that plated Gardner for a 2-0 advantage.

Two more runs were added in the third inning with four straight singles. Fiorelli scored on a single from Garrick before Garrick himself scored on a single to left field by Anthony Tolosano, giving the Astros a 4-0 lead.

Trying to mount a comeback, the Dodgers pushed three runs across the plate in the top of the fourth. Garret Cox and Brandon Eggers both reached base on errors, setting up Don Gorum for a 2-RBI double down the left-field line to cut the deficit in half at 4-2. With the bases loaded and no outs, the Dodgers looked poised to take the lead but the Astros managed to work themselves out of the jam with just one more run allowed, holding onto a 4-3 lead at the end of the top of the fourth.

The three-run inning for the Dodgers was soon made null when the Astros countered with three runs of their own in their next at-bats.

Wes led things off for the Astros with a single to left field. After Michael Karsten was hit by a pitch, the Astros did some two-out damage. Stepping into the batter’s box, Fiorelli again wreaked havoc on the Dodgers, sending a blast to the right-center field fence for a 3-run inside-the-park homer to make up the three runs. Garrick then singled to right and was soon sent around the bases on a single from Dakota Tompkins, leaving the scoreboard reading 8-3 in favor of the Astros. An insurance run was added in the bottom of the sixth, resulting in the 9-3 Astros victory.

In the 13-year-old Prep Divison title game, the Rockies held on to defeat the Yankees 6-5 for the championship. En route to their championship, the Rockies managed to win each of their three games by a one-run margin.

The finals matchup seemed like it would be a bit easier of a win for the Rockies as they worked their way into a comfortable 5-0 advantage after five innings, but the Yankees refused to go down without a fight.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Yankees pushed five runs across the plate with a two-out rally to tie the game at 5-5. Unfortunately for the Yankees, there was still one inning remaining, which proved just enough for the Rockies.

Hunter Peterson reached base safely on a fielder’s choice before Cody Jones singled to put runners on third and second. With the go-ahead run standing on third base, Parker McCombs hit an RBI-single to hand the Rockies the lead yet again at 6-5. Connor Doolin then came into close the game out for the Rockies and two straight groundouts and a strikeout in the bottom of the seventh sealed the championship victory.

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