The Yankees turned in one of the most unforgettable performances of the entire HLBA season Wednesday night at Fred Reisch Memorial Field. Rotary spotted top-seeded Meagher Insurance six early runs, but rallied to win the Junior Division title in extra innings, 9-8.
Meagher Insurance raced out to a big early lead in Wednesday night's HLBA Junior Division championship game. The Athletics pushed across six runs in the opening two frames and seemed to be cruising toward a league title.
However, a scrappy Rotary squad clearly had other ideas.
The Yankees exploded for seven runs in the top of the third, then survived a late A's rally to force the game into extra innings. There, Coach Steve Martin's squad orchestrated one last uprising.
The Yanks tallied twice in the top of the seventh, then held on for dear life in posting a 9-8 victory.
The biggest blow of the night came off the bat of Rotary's Billy Franklin.
The Yankees' slugger lined a ball to the fence in the third. Franklin's hit came with the bases loaded and four runs already in. With the Junior Division's "Five Run Rule," Billy did the only logical thing: he kept running even though an out seemed certain. However, by the time the dust cleared, Franklin had circled the sacks for a most improbable "grand slam."
Billy's clutch hit gave Rotary its first lead and eventually led to a stunning Yankee victory.
Score by Innings...
Yankees (8-6) 0 0 7 0 0 0 2 - 9
Athletics (12-2) 3 3 0 0 0 1 1 - 8
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