P.B.A. wins Ridgefield LL Majors Division title

A six-run rally in the fourth inning powered P.B.A. to a 12-4 victory over Marines in the third and deciding game of the Ridgefield Little League Majors Division town championship series on Sunday.

The teams had split the first two games of the best-of-three series, forcing a winner-take-all final contest.

P.B.A. had a slim 3-2 lead before its six-run outburst in the top of the fourth inning.

Jason Boxer led off with a single to left that was followed by a walk by Michael Tsai. Nick Svendsen then smashed a base hit to center field, scoring Boxer and sending Tsai to third. After an error and another single by Aidan Dennis produced two more runs, Jared Strand followed with a two-run double to left field. Strand then advanced to second on a passed ball and eventually scored on a steal of home.

P.B.A. added two more runs in the top of the fifth on Micah Cohen's single, which scored Svendsen and Tsai for an 11-2 lead.

The Marines got one run back in the bottom of the inning when Jack Coury scooted home on an error, but P.B.A. responded with a run to make it 12-3. Marines then scored the final run of the game.

Strand started for P.B.A. and pitched four innings, allowing just two hits and striking out six batters. Boxer held Marines scoreless in the final two innings to secure the victory and the championship.

"With the potent offense that the Marines have displayed all season, our game plan was to bring strong pitching, utilize solid defense, and play small ball to put runners in scoring position whenever possible," said P.B.A. manager Larry Boxer. "You can not simply outslug the Marines ... they have proven to be an offensive juggernaut all year. We executed our game plan and were fortunate to come out on top, but I tip my hat to all of the Marines players and coaches on an excellent season."

In game one on Friday, P.B.A. spotted Marines a 2-0 lead in the top of the first before answering with six runs in the bottom of the inning and going on to win, 9-4.

Svendsen pitched five innings for P.B.A., scattering seven hits and striking out five. Greg Petrillo pitched a scoreless sixth inning, surrendering one hit and striking out a batter.

Andres Peleaz and Boxer each had multiple hits for P.B.A., while Petrillo, Dennis, Cohen, and Strand added one hit apiece.

Facing elimination, Marines evened the series with an 8-3 victory in the second game on Saturday.

The score was tied 3-3 when Marines exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull away.

Ian Brown went four and one-third innings to get the win for Marines. Brown allowed three runs on one hit while striking out eight P.B.A. batters.

Anthony Riina and Ben Bazarian each had multiple hits for Marines, and Brown helped his own cause with a solo home run. Lucas Carfi and Matthew DeStefano also had hits for Marines.

P.B.A. got two RBIs from Boxer and one from Michael Pray.

Notes: Coury, Liam Foley, Casey Gaughran, Payton Stefura, and Coury also had hits during the series for Marines, with teammates Christopher Hill, Declan Ward and Konrad Ertl contributing on defense.

P.B.A scored 24 runs in the championship series and received great defense from several players, including Noah Floegel and Finn Skillman. Boxer led the P.B.A offense with a .500 average and four RBIs.