To clinch the Lake Cumberland Cal Ripken major league championship title, the Kentucky Farm Care Pirates needed to win just one game against the Southeastern Appraisal Yankees.
The Yankees, meanwhile, had a much tougher task, as they had to earn a pair of victories over the Pirates.
On Thursday evening at the Ward Correll Sports Complex, the two clubs would play a pair of contests, as the Yankees came away with a 5-4 win in game one to force a second match-up.
In the end, the Pirates would clinch the championship trophy, as they downed the Yankees in the nightcap by a final tally of 9-2.
In game one, the Yankees found themselves out front with an early, 3-0 lead over the Pirates. The Yankees plated a run in top of the second inning and tacked on two more runs in the third frame.
The Yankees grabbed a 1-0 in the second frame after Caleb Ridner, who singled, scored on a hit from Caleb Bruce. In the third inning, Tanner McKee drilled a ball over Highway 27 for a solo home run to put the Yankees ahead by a two-run margin. Drew Polston would tally the Yankees’ third run of the evening on a sacrifice from Jackson Cooper.
The Pirates would not go away however, as they plated four runs after a pitching change in the bottom of the fourth inning to grab a 4-3 lead over the Yankees. Dylan Burton scored the Pirates’ first run of the night on a single from Mason Parsons. Xavier Streeter, Dakota Acey, and Parsons would all three score on passed balls.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Yankees tied the ballgame up at 4-4 after McKee was able to reach home on a single from Polston. The Yankees retook the lead for good in the top of the sixth frame after Jacob Grabeel scored on a fielder’s choice from Gavin Stevens.
For the Yankees, McKee, Polston, and Bruce led the way with two hits each. Ridner, Grabeel, and Dylan Stevens all had a hit in the one-run victory.
Burton, Streeter, Acey, Parsons, Kaleb Adams, Jalen Coomer, and Ethan Bolin each had a hit on the evening for the Pirates.
On the mound, McKee struck out ten batters in the victory.
The Pirates got out to a hot start in the game two of the evening, as they plated six unanswered runs to begin the game. Thanks to the hot start, the Pirates would go on to win by a margin of 9-2.
Burton got things rolling for the Pirates in the first inning, as he drilled a ball over the outfield fence for a two-run home run. Acey, who was hit by a pitched, tallied the Pirates’ third run of the inning to give his team a 3-0 lead over the Yankees.
In the third inning, the Pirates tacked on a pair of runs to widen the gap to 5-0. Streeter scored on a single from Acey, who then plated a run on a sacrifice from Parsons.
The Pirates scored their sixth run of the night after Acey, who was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game, scored on a balk. Thanks to the balk, the Pirates found themselves out front with a comfortable 6-0 lead over the Yankees.
In the bottom half of the fifth inning, Polston came up with a two-run triple that allowed Bruce and McKee to score, cutting the Pirate lead to four runs at 6-2.
In the sixth and final inning, the Pirates added three more runs to widen the gap to a seven-run margin. Coomer, Adams, and Burton each scored a run for the Pirates in the final frame.
Adams and Streeter led the way with two hits each for the Pirates. Burton, Parsons, Bolin, and Justin Loveless all had a lone hit in the championship game.
Polston had two of the team’s five hits in the second game of the night. McKee, Cooper, and Gavin Stevens also had a hit for the Yankees.
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YANKEES – 0 1 2 0 1 1 – 5 9 0
PIRATES – 0 0 0 4 0 0 – 4 6 1
WP – McKee (YANKEES)
LP – Adams (PIRATES)
2B – McKee (YANKEES)
HR – McKee (YANKEES)
RBI – McKee, Polston, Bruce (YANKEES); Parsons (PIRATES)
PIRATES – 3 0 2 0 1 3 – 9 8 1
YANKEES – 0 0 0 0 2 0 – 2 5 2
WP – Burton (PIRATES)
LP – Stevens (YANKEES)
2B – Adams (PIRATES); Cooper (YANKEES)
3B – Polston (YANKEES)
HR – Burton (PIRATES)
RBI – Burton 2, Acey 2, Adams, Parsons (PIRATES); Polston 2 (YANKEES)