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Minor League Championship Game

Red Sox vs Yankees

The Peter J. Foley Minor League Championship was played Saturday night before a large and enthusiastic crowd. The game pitted the powerful Yankees squad against a well-balanced Red Sox team. It promised to be an exciting match-up and the two teams provided everyone in attendance with an entertaining evening of baseball.

Starting on the mound for the Red Sox was Jon Brelsford with Dan Ruocco behind the plate. Battery mates for the Yankees were Matt Marchant and John "The Cat" Payne.
The fireworks started in the top of the 1st inning when, after 1 out, the visiting Yankees put together a four-hit, three run outburst capped by an RBI single by Brian Downey and an early 3-0 lead. The Red Sox answered in the bottom of the 1st with 5 runs of their own. Doubles by Jon Brelsford, Dan Ruocco and Mark Onofrio inflicted the damage.
The second inning started where the first inning left off. Three walks sandwiched around a bunt single by Adam Blanchard and a single by Tim Fleck along with aggressive base running netted three more runs for the Yankees and a 7-5 edge. The Red Sox hitters came to the plate in the bottom of the second and did just that, Hit. Singles by Matt Bouteiller, Jon Dias, Jon Brelsford and Mark Onofrio's second double of the night along with 5 walks added up to 5 more for the Sox. Red Sox 10  Yankees 7 after two Innings.
The Yankees tallied 1 run in the third to close the gap to 10 - 8. The Offensive show continued in the bottom half of the inning for the Red Sox as they pushed across 5 runs for the third consecutive frame led by doubles for Matt Bouteiller and Jon Brelsford and singles by Dan Ruocco and Mark Onofrio.
Trailing 15 - 8 starting the 4th inning, the Yankees weren't about to quit. Adam Blanchard's RBI single capped off a three run rally and the Red Sox lead was cut to 4. Matt Zahornasky singled and eventually scored the lone red Sox run of the fourth inning to push the lead to 16 - 11.
A relatively quiet fifth inning resulted in just one run for the Yankees making the score 16 - 12 going into the final stanza.

The final inning of the championship game is the best time for dramatics, and that is what happened on this warm, muggy night. The Yankees, down by 4 and near desperation, rallied for 3 runs. Thanks to base hits by Scott Reding, Adam Blanchard, John Payne and Tommy Payne. With base runners at second and third and nobody out, the Yankees were poised to take the lead, but it was not to be. Jon Brelsford, who had taken up the catcher's position in the fourth inning, tagged out the two Yankee runners at the plate attempting to steal. A hard line drive to shortstop was snagged by Joe Verrastro to end the game.
Final Score Red Sox 16 Yankees 15

The Championship game was the culmination of hard work by everyone involved with the minor league this season. We would like to thank all the coaches that gave countless hours of their time, the team parents that went that extra mile to help out the coaches keep everything running smooth, the parents, for showing their support to ALL the players and the volunteers that "chose" to umpire these games (It's a Thankless Job). Most of all, we would like to thank all the players for making this season a success. We hope you all had fun and we hope to see you next year.