PITTSBURG — The Labette Bank Timber Rattlers won the Frank German League championship after defeating Ron’s Supermarket 4-3 on Wednesday in Pittsburg.
Holding a one-run lead in the top of the sixth with two outs and runners on the corners, a high pop fly was caught by shortstop Beau Pasteur to record the final out and earn the win.
The Rockhounds built a three-run lead in the opening innings, but Labette Bank broke through for four runs in the fourth inning to gain the advantage.
Ron’s Supermarket drew first blood in the second inning, going up 1-0 on an RBI single off the bat of Jason Tarbox.
The Rockhounds increased their lead to 3-0 after scoring a run in the third inning on a defensive miscue and crossed the plate once more the fourth on the strength of an RBI double to right field by Garrett Hansen.
Labette Bank responded with four runs in the fourth inning to take a 4-3 lead.
The inning began with a leadoff double to left field by Gus Keller, who came in to score in the next at bat on a single through the right side of the infield by Landen Stark.
Stark then went from first to third on a double to right field by Pasteur, before Cooper Simmons drove in both runners on a triple down the left-field line.
A popfly in the next at-bat was caught for the first out of the inning, but a productive groundout by Trevor Blanken drove in Simmons from third.
The Timber Rattlers held the one-run advantage through the sixth, shutting the door in a pressure situation to earn the win.
Labette Bank recorded back-to-back outs to begin the sixth inning, but Ethan Rhodes kept hope alive for Ron’s Supermarket with a base hit to right field.
Rhodes stole second and third base in the following at-bat, before Ben Schmit drew a walk after a long battle at the plate.
With the Rockhounds threatening, Labette Bank recorded the final out of the ballgame to hang on for the win.
LABETTE BANK AT THE PLATE
Simmons was the offensive catalyst, driving in two runs on one hit with a run scored.
Stark also had a good outing, going 1-for-2 with an RBI.
RON’S SUPERMARKET AT THE PLATE
Hanson led the Rockhounds at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored and a walk.
Tarbox also drove in a run on one base hit.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.