Great team effort!
Dirtbags make us proud and
win the Minor A District 62 Tournament of Champions!
Great job boys!!
The Minor A Dirtbags of Huntington Valley played a tight game against the Minor A Stars of Ocean View, and came out on the winning side of a 3-2 ballgame.
The Stars drew first blood; One pitch after a lead-off triple in the bottom of the 1st, they scored the first run of the game on a passed ball. Jack Kamalski, the Dirtbag's starting pitcher, was untouchable the remainder of this 3 innings, striking out 6 along the way.
It wasn't until the Top of the 4th when the Dirtbags got their offense rolling. Kamalski started it off with a hard line drive that hit the fence for a double. After reaching 3rd on a passed ball, Kamalski scored on a ground ball by Brady Palmerin, who went 1-2 with 1 RBI on the day. This tied the game at 1-1.
Until that inning, Star's pitcher, Cole Kenrich, was lights out on the hill. He went 5 complete innings, striking out 10 along the way.
The game remained tied into the 6th. With 1 out Mark Ramirezhit a screaming line drive to right center, sparking a rally. Ramirez then reached second on a passed ball. Travis Peterson, who went a perfect 2 for 2 on the day, earned his second hit of the day with an infield hit to third base. Ramirez advanced to 3rd. Gavin Montague stepped in the box, and battled at the plate. A passed ball during his at bat, scored Ramirez and pushed Peterson to 3rd, giving The Dirtbags a 2-1 lead. He drew a walk to turn over the lineup, bringing Kamalski to the plate. He hit a grounder to 2nd base, bringing home Peterson, giving the dirtbags a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the 6th.
Bradley Morlett, who came in to relieve Kamalski in the 3rd, had been untouchable as well. He started off the 6th without giving up a hit to that point. But the Stars showed signs of life, starting things off with another triple. The next at bat drove in a run to make it a 1 run ballgame. With 1 out and a runner on 1st, Morlett got a lineout to shortstop, and almost ended the game on a double play. But while attempting to get the runner at first on the tag-up, an overthrow put him at second base. The opportunity the Stars had to tie it up was short lived, as the next batter grounded out to Morlett, and he flipped it to first for the final out, and the win.