New Canaan Little League Championship game decided with a walk off base hit
Published 8:05 pm, Wednesday, June 20, 2012
In the New Canaan Bantam 8 baseball championship, Odd Job Landscaping's Bakersfield Blaze defeated SAC Capital Altoona Curve 6-5 on Sunday at Mellick Field.
With the game knotted at 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth, Bakersfield's Will Schneider opened the frame with a single, followed by Ryan Werneburg's who doubled to the gap. Baxter John then delivered a clutch walk off single, scoring Schneider and earning Bakersfield the championship.
The pitchers and defense dominated early, as Bakersfield's Matt Mazabras and Chris Luchette turned in excellent performances, while Altoona's Giovanni Cascione and Edward Graham struck out the side in the first and second.
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Bakersfield responded with two runs in the bottom of the second. Baxter John and Chase Boshnack reached to start the inning and scored on base knocks by Alex Ainsworth and Mazabras.
Altoona jumped back on top in third. After Peter Bennington and Jack Reed stroked base hits, Ryan Anderson and Graham each ripped run-scoring singles to take a 3-2 lead. Werneburg snared a pop-up and a Boland line drive to limit the damage in the third, while Ainsworth nabbed another line drive and fired to Mazabras for a double play to hold Altoona scoreless in the fourth.
Altoona grabbed a 4-2 lead in the top of the fifth when Gardiner lined an RBI double, plating Graham.
But Bakersfield would rally. Werneburg, John and Boshnack would load the bases for Dylan Murray, who delivered a key two-run single, followed by another run-scoring knock by Luchette for a 5-4 lead.
Curtis Tenney's outstanding defense gave Altoona momentum going into the last inning, when Anderson stroked a key single, followed by Cascione, who pounded an RBI double to tie things up, 5-5. Schneider's diving stop up the middle preserved the tie for Bakersfield.