Twin Orchards Celebrates the Championship!
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Roman Kimball got the win on the mound, drove in two runs and scored one at the plate, to lead Twin Orchards to a 9-1 win over Clifford Fuel and capture the 2013 New Hartford Little League Major Division Championship.
Twin Orchards defeated Clifford Fuel by a score of 5-1 on Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the best of three series before taking home the crown with the game two win this evening.
Kimball, just a 10 year old, pitched his team all the way to the sixth inning before reaching the 70 pitch limit established by Little League Baseball.
In 5 and 1/3 innings of work, Kimball allowed just 1 run, struck out 6 and walked 1, in the winning effort.
The fiery youngster also smacked a huge two out, two RBI single in the top of the fifth inning to seal the win for Twin Orchards.
Twin Orchards got on the board first in the guests side of the opening inning when their slugger, David Antone, walloped a solo home run to make it 1-0.
Clifford Fuel starting pitcher, Jack Angelucci, had a heck of an outing on the mound for his club as well, keeping his team in contention.
The Orchards did scratch out an unearned run in the top of the second though, on a past ball that scored Jayden Angelton to give Twin Orchards a 2-0 lead.
After holding Twin Orchards scoreless in the top of the third, Angelucci laced a one out triple and later scored on an RBI single off the bat of Josh LeFave to pull his team to within 2-1, which is the way we’d go to the fourth.
Ethan Reff led off the top of the fourth by being hit by an Angelucci heater and Kimball followed him with a single to right center field, giving Twin Orchards runners at first and second with nobody out.
Danny Rayhill then stepped into the box and hammered a double to the right field fence, scoring two and putting Twin Orchards up 4-1.
Clifford Fuel mounted a solid offensive effort in the home half of the fourth and seemed to be poised to get back in the game.
Andrew Fink smacked a sharp, one out single, followed by consecutive two out walks to Ben Patell and Matthew Phelps to load the bases.
Kimball then found his form and got Angelucci looking at a called strike three to end the inning, preserving the Orchard’s lead.
David Antone, Danny Rayhill and Roman Kimball paced the Twin Orchard’s offense with two hits apiece.
Andrew Fink collected two hits for Clifford Fuel.
Congratulations to both clubs and especially to runner-up Clifford Fuel, who finished last in the regular season standings and then found a groove when they rolled thru the playoffs to reach the finals.
Twin Orchards 9 Clifford Fuel 1
1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Twin Orchards 1 1 0 2 2 3 9 7 1
Clifford Fuel 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 2