Game Stories - AA
Hooks capture AA championship over River Dogs (June 14)
For the third year in a row, the AA (9 year old) championship game would come down to the final pitch with the tying run on third base. This year, the Winchester Co-operative Bank Hooks and Winchester Savings Bank River Dogs played for the prize on a beautiful night for baseball at Nutile Field C.
In the top of first, the Dogs' Eli Krogmeier reached base with a one out single. Third hitter Damon Romanos scorched a line drive back up the middle but Hooks pitcher William Fiorentino snagged it and fired to Leo Gannon at first for the double play.
In the bottom of the first, Fiorentino reached on a single to left. With two outs, he stole second and third and Richie Masterpol hit a hard single to right field to give the Hooks a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the second, the River Dogs, led by manager Jeff Krogmeier, got leadoff man Teddy Angel aboard before Charlie Ihrig hit a line drive up the middle. The Hooks again turned two, however, with Fiorentino fielding the line drive and throwing behind the runner to Gannon at first.
River Dogs starting pitcher Damon Romanos worked efficiently in innings two and three and finished his night with three innings and one run against a Hooks lineup that entered the game with momentum offensively.
After going quietly in the third, the River Dogs had Jackson Nacar on third and Dominic Tarabelsi on second with two outs in the fourth but Fiorentino was able to get the final out of the frame on a grounder back to the mound and the game remained 1-0 through three and a half innings.
After a Will Brown double in the 5th, the Hooks had second and third and no one out against reliever Ihrig. Ihrig was able to bare down, however, and strike out three straight Hooks to end the frame.
Thomas Buck and Bjorn Tellefsen reached base in the 5th for the Hooks but solid pitching and defense thwarted the rally. Defensively for the Hooks, Adrian Lupien played a stellar third base with a put out in the final game and three put outs in the semi-final and Grady Sullivan maned shortstop. Liam Stendardo, Zach Blackwell, Keith Galvin and Caden Duncan were rock solid in the outfield.
In the last of the 6th, Curtis Allen got his second hit of the game, a lead off double. After Fiorentino recorded two strikeouts, Allen stole third and the stage was set for the final batter of the game which would be Fiorentino's last batter as he hit his 75 pitch limit. Liam Murphy hit a ground ball that Fiorentino knocked down. From his knees, he managed a one hopper to Gannon who scooped it at first for the final out. The Hooks rushed the field in celebration and another nail biter in the AA Championship game was complete, a 1-0 victory for the Hooks.
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