In the Lake Cumberland Cal Ripken Minor League championship game, the Science Hill United Methodist Braves took the title by holding off the Roark Auto Transport Giants, 6-5.
After four innings of play the Braves held a commanding 6-1 lead, but the Giants rallied in the fifth inning to score four runs and cut the deficit to a mere run.
However, the Giants hopes of a comeback victory was ended in the top of the sixth inning when Braves’ catcher Barek Williams threw a bullet to second base to put out a Giants’ runner trying to steal second base, and thus ending the game.
The Giants got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second inning when Blake Smith doubled to left field to score Will Blankenship.
The Braves then scored six runs over the next three innings to take control of the game.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Braves took their first lead after scoring two runs. Jericho Moore grounded out to second base to send home Noah Brummett. Later Ethan Ivey scored all the way from first base after a Giants’ errant throw to first base rolled all the way to the right field fence.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Braves exploded for three runs to take a 5-1 lead. Travis Sewell doubled to center field to score Ethan Cooper. Zach Travis scored on a Giants’ passed ball, and then Brummett singled to centerfield to score Sewell.
The Braves added one more run in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a seemingly unsurmountable 6-1 lead. Tanner Godsey singled in the infield to score Logan Hicks.
However, the Giants broke the game wide open with a four-run fifth inning to put the game at risk. Luke Atwood singled through he right side of the infield to plate Conner Denney. Colton Durham doubled to the right-center gap to score Atwood. With the bases loaded, Blankenship walked to force home Durham. Then, Brady Gibson stole home after catching the Braves’ defense ‘off guard’.
Braves pitcher Zach Travis closed out the game with a strikeout, a ground out, and a walk. But the pick-off throw by Williams ended the game with a narrow Braves’ victory – and the Lake Cumberland Cal Ripken minor league championship title.
Braves 6, Giants 5
G 0 1 0 0 4 0 – 5 6 3
B 0 2 3 1 0 X – 6 5 1
2B – Gibson, Durham, Blankenship, Blake Smith (GIANTS); Sewell (BRAVES).
RBI – Blake Smith, Atwood, Durham, Blankenship (GIANTS); Jericho Moore, Sewell, Brummett, Godsey (BRAVES).
WP – Cooper (BRAVES).
LP – Gibson (GIANTS).
Save – Travis (BRAVES).