HAMBURG – A five-run inning by the Hamburg All-Stars in the top of the fourth gave them their final lead of the game as Hamburg defeated the White Hall All-Stars 10-7 in the 15-year-old Babe Ruth state championship.
“Both teams are pretty good hitters,” White Hall manager Bruce Chavis said. “Their pitching is probably a little better and they hit the ball well today.”
Hamburg’s five runs in the fourth inning gave them a 9-5 lead. It came immediately after White Hall had just scored five runs of its own.
“That’s baseball,” Chavis said. “We struggled a little bit on the mound.”
With one out, Darius Crite and Drake Streeters hit a pair of singles to put runners on first and third. Dakotah Stafford was called for batter’s interference after an attempted bunt for the second out.
A wild pitch scored Crite. Darien Burns walked and later stole second. Nik Wood hit a RBI single and Chad Martin followed with a single as well.
Drew Johnston walked and a two-run double off relief pitcher Antoine Luster gave Hamburg the four-run lead.
White Hall’s Cade Canada was tagged with the loss after pitching 3 2/3 innings. He allowed nine runs (seven earned) on eight hits with six walks and two strikeouts.
Crite finished with the win for Hamburg. He pitched four innings of relief, allowing one run (earned) on four hits with five strikeouts.
White Hall scored five runs in the bottom of the third to rally from a four-run deficit.
“That was a good inning,” Chavis said. “We were seeing the ball well and the baseball fell our way that inning.”
Chris Castaneda led off with a single and Bailey Smith followed with a walk. A double by Chase Bryan scored Castaneda from second for White Hall’s first run of the game.
Caleb Carr hit a two-run single and Luster followed with a double to put runners on second and third. A walk to Gavin Bailey loaded the bases.
A sacrifice fly by Canada off Crite tied the game at 4. After a strikeout, Jordan Gober hit an RBI single to give White Hall its only lead of the game.
Jared Chavis pitched three innings of relief for White Hall and only allowed one run on four hits. It might have been enough for White Hall to mount a rally, but they couldn’t come up with the key hits in the late innings.
“It was quite a bit to overcome,” Bruce Chavis said. “That was one of their best pitchers that closed the game for them and they did a good job.”
White Hall scored a run in the sixth on a infield single by Garrett Blaylock. They scored another run in the bottom of the seventh as well.
Bailey led off with a double and later scored on a fielder’s choice that allowed Gober to reach.
Hamburg took a two-run lead in the top of the first when Burns hit a two-run home run to right field. It plated Streeter, who had reached on a walk.
Burns finished 2 for 3 with two walks and four runs and two RBIs. Wood was 2 for 3 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Streeter was 1 for 3 with two runs scored. He also pitched the final two innings for Hamburg. He allowed one run (unearned) on two hits with three strikeouts.
For White Hall, Bailey was 2 for 3 with a run scored and a walk.
BABE RUTH 14s STATE
Benton 10, Seabrook 7
BENTON — Seabrook was eliminated from the state tournament, finishing Tuesday’s game with nine players. Two key players were not able to make the game, Seabrook coach Kenn Dickson said.
The lead changed hands three times before Benton pulled away. Ja’Kobi Jackson hit a two-run triple off the fence in the first inning for Seabrook, but Benton scored three runs on three errors in the second. Seabrook scored two runs in the fourth by way of an Aaron Frazier double.
Frazier worked the first 1 2/3 innings for Seabrook and allowed no earned runs. Hamburg scored two runs on two errors while he was on the mound.
Jackson struck out four the rest of the way for Seabrook.