The 10U OYO Bombers picked up where they left of last season by beating the Center Grove Trojans, 15-12 to win the Center Grove Memorial Tournament championship.
The win avenged an earlier 5-4 loss to the Trojans in pool play and turned into a heavyweight slugfest between two solid teams ready to battle down to the last strike. In fact, that's just what the Bombers did, but more on that in a minute.
What a battle! Like Rocky II, both teams swapped wild haymakers as the Bombers rose to the challenge against the heavy hitting and hard throwing Trojans. Back and forth they went. The Bombers took a 7-2 lead after the top of the second but Center Grove rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the inning.
After both teams caught their breath in the third inning, the Bombers jumped out to an 11-7 lead in the top of the fourth only to have Center Grove rally back again in the bottom of the fifth to take a 12-11 lead to the sixth and final inning.
Then the real fun started.
The Bombers were down to their last out with Harrison Kirst at bat as Dawson Gabe stood on third base, 65 feet from tying the game. The Center Grove dugout and fans were getting lout and ready to celebrate on the field as Kirsh was down to his last strike with a full count. The next pitch would not end it, instead bouncing low for ball four and getting far enough away from the catcher to allow Gabe to scamper home to tie the game.
Walker Stull was up next and added to his monster day at the plate with a tomahawk smash that plated Kirsh with what would be the winning run. The Bombers continued to rally and added two more, will-killing runs. Patrick Mastriano then went out to close the deal with a little drama that included a laser off the bat of the final Center Grove batter that short stop Jake Stadler snagged to end the game and set off the championship celebration.
Favorite play of the game: As described above, Dawson Gabe, who seemed to spend all day on base for the Bombers, really made an alert an impressive play to tie the game, reading the ball in the dirt to get a good jump and catching the Trojans by surprise as they weren't able to make a play before Gabe touched the dish. Not only did the play keep the game alive for the Bombers but it sucked the life out of Center Grove. Seconds earlier they were preparing to celebrate on the field and now they had more work to do. But instead the Bombers finished off the job and headed home with the first place trophy.
Next up: The Bombers remain on the road playing one of the many Hurricane teams in and around Central Indiana on Wednesday night. The Bombers are now 13-4 on the season with one shiny new piece of hardware. Go Bombers! 444