Zinn Graphics captures Small Fry title
They were each crowned champion.
Jordan hit a two-run homer in the top of the sixth and Zinn Graphics held on for a 19-18 victory over previously undefeated American Legion in the Small Fry baseball finale.
"It was awesome. I cranked it," said Jordan, who went 3-for-4 with four RBIs on the day and received the game ball afterward. "It was really nice to win the championship, but really it's all about the sportsmanship."
Zinn Graphics, which went 0-17 last season, finished with a 10-4 record in 2009.
Trailing 16-13, Zinn Graphics rallied for six runs in the top of the sixth. Megyn Ayotte, Kam Pelkey, Evan Finnell and Jacob Cochran all singled during the surge, and it was Jordan's jack that gave them the lead for good.
A.L. sent eight batters to the plate in the bottom of six, with the biggest blows being Devin Millerick's RBI triple and Brendan Gilbeau's run-scoring single. Ayotte, who was playing second base, made a leaping grab to help preserve the victory.
"These guys were absolutely tremendous. They never gave up and showed a lot of heart," noted Zinn Graphics coach John Lynde.
The lead changed hands five times and there were 40 total hits in the contest. The Legion of Doom's Matt Cutter, who always put a big swing on the first pitch, went 4-for-4 to lead all players.
Austin Gilbeau, who played the pitcher position for the Legion of Doom, was the defensive dandy. He turned a double play in the fifth and made the highlight reel twice in the sixth -- a diving catch going toward the plate and later an off-balance throw to Matt Cutter at first base.
A.L. jumped out to a 4-0 advantage by sending eight batters to the plate in the bottom of the first. Nate McKenney, Brendan Gilbeau and Cutter all had an RBI single, but the rally came to a halt when a runner was surprisingly ruled to be outside of the baseline when advancing from second to third.
Zinn Graphics put up seven runs in the second to go ahead 7-4, with Jordan's two-run double to right center doing the damage. The Legion answered with six tallies in the third, to go up 10-8, with the highlight being Millerick's two-run Texas Leaguer into shallow left.
The eventual champs regained the lead with a five-run fourth, as Kam Pelkey drove in three runs with a single to left. But infield singles by Austin Gilbeau and Kyle Derosia helped A.L. to a 16-13 advantage at the end of five.
Jordan, Pelkey, Cochran and Evan Finnell all had three hits for the winners. Ayotte and Snorek-Yates each singled twice.
Cutter and Derosia paced Legion with four and three hits, respectively. Austin Gilbeau, Cole Merkle, PJ Brady, Nate McKenney, Brendan Gilbeau, Zach Zumbruski and Millerick all finished with a pair.
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