After going 2-10 during the GCYBSA Fall League regular season, the odds of the 9/10U Brewers winning the Fall League playoffs title were comparable to those of the Lions winning the Super Bowl.
The Brewers proved that timing is everything as they put together back-to-back extraordinary efforts and won the championship with Monday night's 10-6 triumph over the Yankees.
The Brewers bolted to a 10-0 lead before hanging on in the title game. Ace pitchers Lucas Binguit and Nicholas Schweikhart each pitched two strong innings to set the tone.
Nathan Schweikhart (age 8) and Mason Lewis (age 9) closed out the victory on the mound.
The Brewers scored one run in the second inning, five in the third and four in the fourth.
The Brewers' nine-hit attack was paced by Josh Knoerl (two doubles) and Jaiden Pillon, who ripped a pair of hits. Sam Bissonnette (triple), Nicholas Schweikhart (double), Nathan Schweikhart, Lewis and Graham Peterson also added to the hit parade.
The Yankees tallied four runs in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Josh Montroy was the hitting star for the Yankees, clouting a grand slam in the fourth to get the Bronx Bombers back in the game.
Also shining at the plate for the Yanks were Jimmy McCarthy (triple, RBI, run), Josh Rudelic (two clutch singles), Bryce Mandelka (triple, run) and Alexander Rudelic, who delivered a clutch RBI single.
Ethan Rose pitched two shutout innings for the Yankees, striking out six batters. Alan Brown started and allowed just one run.
"Hats off to the Brewers," said Yankees manager John McCarthy.
Phillie Jacob Rubis watches a ball go by during the second inning of his team's 15-11 victory over the Angels. (Ed Wright photo)
PHILLIES RALLY FOR TITLE
Monday night's 9U championship game between the Phillies and Angels couldn't have been much more exciting.
Trailing 9-2 heading into the bottom of the third, the Phils constructed a mammoth comeback to earn a 15-11 triumph.
The Phillies' offense blew up in the third, fourth and fifth, plating five, three and five runs, respectively.
The victors received strong pitching from Owen Keyes (four strikeouts over the first two innings), Preston Pierce, Anthony Cabrera and Jacob Rubis, who sealed the deal with a strong sixth inning of work.
Offensively, Christopher Hugan contributed an RBI single, Keyes ripped a two-run triple and Rubis clubbed a double.
The defensive play of the game came in the sixth when Keyes went horizontal in left center to rob an Angel of an extra-base hit.
Pictured are Angels first baseman Evan Peterson and Phillies base-runner Anthony Cabrera. (Ed Wright photo)
Dodgers pitcher Kollin Murray delivers a fastball Monday night. (Ed Wright photo)
A Tigers batter takes a mighty cut at a pitch that Dodgers catcher Ryan Cassidy spears. (Ed Wright photo)
In a 10U Fall League semifinal playoff game Monday night, the Dodgers edged the Tigers, 7-6, on Cody Tapp's two-out, walk-off single that scored Mateo Ruiz in the bottom of the sixth.
In the other semifinal encounter, the Rangers edged the A's, 10-8.
Rangers player Chris Savage slides safely into second base during his team's 10-8 victory over the A's Monday night. (Ed Wright photo)