FNB/V clinches Babe Ruth championship

FNB/V clinches Babe Ruth championship by Jim Prosser The two Vermillion entrants in the Y-V Babe Ruth League, FNB/V and V/Parks & Rec, faced off in a final confrontation in front of a packed grandstand at Prentis Park on Monday July 28 as they vied for the championship.

FNB got off to an early 4 run lead against P&R starter Zach Weiss in the first, with hits by Alex Schaack, Tyler Thedorff and Pat Gregg plus an RBI groundout by Nick Rasmussen.

P&R came back with 2 runs off Jordan Merrigan by getting two walks, a hit batsman, and a RBI single by Paul Hammond. The second inning was scoreless.

Rasmussen got FNB started in the third by beating out an infield hit. Four walks later, Jeff Donnelley crushed a double to leftfield to bring in the final 2 of 4 runs scored in the half inning.

P&R responded in the bottom half as Tim Bleil singled, followed by consecutive hits by Lyndon Nikero, Weiss, Ryan Gilbertson, Eric McPherson, and Hammond.

With four runs in, the score was 8-6. FNB was held scoreless in the next two innings despite a leadoff hit by Gabe Verbeski in the fourth. P&R rallied in the fifth scoring 2 runs to tie the game.

Nikero led off with a single but was cut down by catcher Donnelly on a steal attempt. Weiss walked and Gilbertson was safe on an error followed by McPherson and Hammond singles. FNB reliever Schaack stopped the threat with Ks of the final two batters.

The lead was retaken in the sixth as Schaack reached base on an error and scored on a Verbeski ground out. An insurance run was added on an error followed by three bases on balls. Schaack closed out the game on a pop foul and two final Ks against the P&R batters.

Line score: FNB � 10 runs, 6 hits, 3 errors; P&R � 8 runs, 11 hits, 3 errors.

Losing P&R pitcher, Weiss gave up 6 runs on four hits registering five Ks in two innings. Nikero went 3 1/3 innings and gave up four runs on two hits with five Ks.

Bleil recorded two Ks in 2/3 inning. For FNB, Schaack was the winning pitcher in relief as he gave up 6 runs, 10 hits and recorded six Ks in four innings. Merrigan gave up 2 runs on one hit, registering three Ks in his two inning stint.

Hitting stats are mentioned in the play by play above, but special efforts included P&R batters: Stuart Enos � a double, Hammond � three singles, McPherson and Nikero � two singles each; and Donnelly � a double for FNB.

The two teams fiished first and second in the league final standings and FNB finished the season with a 13-5 record.

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