Yankees win Babe Ruth tourney title
By Sparta Live | June 28, 2012 12:00 am
Yankees versus the Red Sox sounds like a classic meeting on the diamond between two perennial rivals in the American League.
However, this meeting between the two teams happened at the fairgrounds baseball field in Sparta between two of the local Babe Ruth teams in Tuesday’s championship game of the City Tournament.
The Yankees, behind a solid pitching performance from rising WCHS sophomore, Ethan M. Roberts, shut out surprise championship game participant, Red Sox, 6-0.
The Red Sox, who won just one game in the regular season of Babe Ruth, pulled off two upsets to get into the finals, but just didn’t have enough left in the tank to overcome Roberts and the Yankees in the title game, their third game in two days.
Roberts allowed just two hits and walked one Red Sox batter.
The Yankees put five of their six runs on the board in the bottom of the first and that would be more than enough for Roberts, who fanned 15 batters.
Roberts struck out three in the top of the first, but the second batter in the inning, Colton Hudgens, quickly ruined any chance for a no hitter. He singled, went to second on an error and to third on a wild pitch, but was left stranded there.
Roberts would then retire 13 straight batters before he issued a two out walk to Garrett Turner in the top of the fifth. After walking, Turner went all the way to third on an errant pick off attempt from the catcher, but a fly ball left him stranded.
Tyler Brock recorded a two-out double in the top of the seventh for the only other base runner allowed by Roberts.
Ty Cloyd got the start for the Red Sox and went the distance on the mound suffering the loss. Cloyd struggled in the first inning, but calmed down from there and allowed only one more run the rest of the way.
Cloyd hit the first two Yankee batters, Elijah Miller and Allen Frazier. Roberts followed with a single loading the bases. After a pop up for the first out, Cloyd hit Zack Flatt walking in Miller. He also hit Brandon Farris plating Frazier. A Nick Hughes double drove in two runs, but a line drive ended the inning with a double play.
The only other Yankee run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth. Dylan Moss, who reached on a fielder’s choice, scored on a Tyler Pinegar’s single.
Cloyd allowed six runs on five hits while striking out four. He hit four batters and walked one.
Those five hits for the Yankees were recorded by five different batters. Picking up hits were Ethan Roberts, Nick Hughes, Elijah Miller, Tyler Pinegar and Brandon Farris.
The Red Sox earned their spot in the championship game by upsetting the top seeded Braves, who had only lost two games all season, earlier on Tuesday in the semifinals by a score of 8-5. Fletcher Dalton was the winning pitcher while Dustin Cole suffered the loss for the Braves.
The Red Sox scored five runs off Brave starter, Ethan T. Roberts in the top of the first. Colton Hudgens, Ty Cloyd, Jacob Chavis, Tyler Brock and Garrett Turner all cross home plate.
The Braves countered with two runs in the bottom of the first when Roberts and Darin Cole come home making the score 5-2.
The Braves tied the score with three runs in the second. C.D. Hindenberger, Clint Cannon and James Crider accounted for those three runs.
The Red Sox scored three in the top of the seventh and then held the Braves off in the bottom of the inning for the win. Thomas Austin, Thomas Dalton and Hudgens scored those three runs.
Fletcher Dalton allowed five runs on eight hits and struck out eight.
Roberts worked six and 1/3 innings allowing five runs on 12 hits. Cole came in to work 2/3 of an inning and gave up three runs on two hits.
Hudgens led the Red Sox at the plate in the game while Darin Cole was the leader for the Braves.
The Yankees defeated the Dodgers 7-4 in their semifinal game on Monday. The Red Sox opened tourney play with an 8-1 win over the Cardinals.
Sparta will field only one Babe Ruth All Star team. That will be a 15-year old team, who will play at the high school field here in Sparta beginning July 12th.
Members of that 15-year old All Star team are: Ian Temple, Ty Cloyd, Ethan M. Roberts, Darin Cole, Ethan T. Roberts, Tyler Brock, Seth Davis, Colton Hudgens, Preston Parks, Tyler Qualls, Allen Newport and Zack Flatt.