2010, 12:15 p.m.
The Greater Canton Youth Baseball Softball Assocation crowned a pair of 18U champions Thursday night in games played at Canton High School and Plymouth Christian Academy.
The Rockies captured the National League title by edging Belleville Black, 4-1, in a well-played game at Canton. Rockies pitcher Chris Clardy was dominant against Belleville, yielding just a single run in the second inning.
The winners scored three early runs before adding an insurance marker in the sixth when Chris White singled, stole second and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Like Clardy, Belleville pitcher Brian Fitzpatrick was solid throughout. The strong-armed righty struck out the side in the fifth.
In the American League 18U title game, the Eagles nipped the Livonia Hawks, 1-0, in a pitchers' duel held at PCA.
Teams from Canton, Livonia, Belleville and Saline made up the 16-team 18U league this season. The teams were divided into two competitive leagues.
The 18U season will be capped on Saturday when 54 players will compete in an All-Star game at Oestrike Stadium on the campus of Eastern Michigan University. The first pitch is set for 7 p.m.
coach Joe Bottorff greets his team after they set down Belleville 1-2-3
in the fourth inning. (Ed Wright photo)
starting pitcher Brian Fitzpatrick threw a strong game. (Ed Wright
The Rockies' middle infielders settle under a high pop fly. (Ed Wright photo)
The Rockies' shortstop throws a runner out in the third inning. (Ed Wright photo)
This Rockie swing produced a hard-hit single to center. (Ed Wright photo)