The celebration after the game certainly lasted longer than the actual championship-deciding contest for Falmouth Youth Baseball on Tuesday, September 8. In a game that barely took a full hour to complete, SML edged Chapman, Cole and Gleason by a 3-1 score to sweep the best-of-three championship series and earn the 2020 title.
SML got things going by opening the title series with a 6-3 win last Friday night, September 4, at the John Neill Youth Baseball Complex. It was a complete team effort by SML as six different players scored runs in the game, and it was the middle of the order that got things going in the 2nd inning when SML took the lead for good by plating three runs to give themselves a cushion.
Graham Murphy started the surge by leading off the second inning with a double and then a one-out walk to Talon Wilson, and a bunt single by J.J. Lynch loaded the bases for Austin Tuttle. The number 10 batter in the SML order came up huge, doubling home two runs to put his team up by a 2-0 score. After a sacrifice by Joey Burridge, another run scored on a wild pitch to make it a 3-0 game.
Two more in the 3rd inning made it comfortable for SML. Josh Matta walked to lead off the inning, and with one out power-hitting Brody Palmer walked as well. An RBI single from Chase Sylvester brought home a run, and another scored on a passed ball.
Chapman got one back in the 4th inning and nearly made things really interesting but left the bases loaded. Kyle Medeiros drove in the lone run of the inning before SML escaped the situation by recording back-to-back Ks.
Down 6-1 entering the top of the 6th, Chapman showed heart by getting a rally going and scoring two. SML again wiggled out of trouble and left two runners aboard, ending the game with a pop-up. Matt picked up the win for his team on the mound, going the first four innings. Connor Oliver worked the last two and got the save.
In the second game, SML scored two quick runs in the bottom of the 1st and made them stand up in the low-scoring, quickly paced game. Thomas Geraghty singled to lead things off, and then Matta reached on an error in front of Connor Oliver, who also reached on a miscue. Another mistake by Chapman allowed a run to score, and then Palmer’s groundout to short plated the second run and put his team up 2-0.
SML manufactured an insurance run in the 4th to make it 3-0. Oliver doubled to lead off the inning, took third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly off of Murphy’s bat to make it 3-0.
Chapman starter Dakari Sheets deserved a better fate. He went the distance, giving up just one earned run and two hits and a walk, while fanning six.
Kyle Medeiros gave Chapman something to cheer about, and some hope, in the top of the 5th inning. He led off the frame by launching a solo home run to cut into the SML lead and make it a two-run game. Chapman went on to put two more runners on base in the inning, but Palmer got out the jam with back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.
Oliver then came in to pitch the 6th and made quick work of Chapman. He finished off the championship by getting the first batter to pop up to first before ending the season with back-to-back strikeouts for the victors.