The Midwest Minerals Brewers and the Commerce Bank Tigers owned the two best records in Dick Webb Machine Pitch and posted the best offensive numbers all season.
In fact, the Brewers scored 41 runs on 53 hits their last two games before Friday night's championship game at Cheryl Stice Field. The 24 runs scored during their final game of the regular season matched the league high established in May by the Tigers. Midwest Minerals collected their 24 runs (six per inning) on 31 hits with none of the 10 players in the lineup at less than two hits.
Early on Friday night, it looked as if the championship game would be a low-scoring affair but the Brewers and the Tigers combined to score 22 runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The Brewers came through with six runs last and held the Tigers scoreless on their last at-bat to claim a 17-13 win in a thrilling championship game highlighted by some good offensive and defensive plays.
Midwest Minerals broke a 2-all score with four runs in the third. Tucker Akins and Ryan Ecton hit back-to-back RBI singles and Garrett Hanson collected a two-run single.
The Tigers started the offensive onslaught portion of the game with five runs on six hits in the fourth. Carter Mekkaoui started a string of five straight hits with a RBI single, plating Webb Fern, who had led off with a double. Jonathan Spear hit a RBI double, Will Yartz a RBI single, Ben Schmidt a double (his second of the game) and Cameron Rhue a two-run double.
The Brewers answered right back with five runs on five hits — Akins hit a RBI single and then Ecton rocked one into left, motoring his way around the bases for a two-run inside-the-park home run.
Not to be outdone, Commerce Bank came back with six runs on seven hits in the fifth. Fern started the scoring with a RBI triple, his second extra-base hit of the contest. Spear and Schmidt picked up RBI singles and Rhue knocked his second two-run single of the contest. Rhue singled in all three at-bats.
Down 13-11, the Brewers closed out the scoring with six runs on eight hits in the fifth. Jett Burgess, Brandon Bishop, Benney Gomez, Cruz Lopez, Bo Pasteur and Akins collected RBI. Gomez drove in the game-winning run on a 1-3 groundout.
In the sixth, the Brewers claimed the championship by making just enough defensive plays and keeping the Tigers off the scoreboard.
J.L. Hutchinson League
Dick Webb Machine Pitch Championship Game
at Cheryl Stice Field
Midwest Minerals Brewers 17, Commerce Bank Tigers 13
CBT 011 560 — 13
MMB 204 56X — 17
2B: Ben Schmidt 2, Webb Fern, Jonathan Spear; Jackson McKechnie. 3B: Fern. HR: Ryan Ecton. SB: Fern; Cruz Lopez 3, Tucker Akins 2, Quentin Mansfield, Bo Pasteur.