The Greenwich U13 Cal Ripken championship came down to one game at Pemberwick field-- single elimination, winner-take-all. Yankees vs. Blue Jays. And by the time the dust had cleared the U13 Yankess came away with crown , beating the Jays by a score of 16-8.
The Yankees jumped on the Jays right out of the gate, manufacturing two runs in the top of the first. Greg Altamore led off with a walk and promptly stole second. Matt Bonaparte followed with an RBI single, and then reached second on a wild pitch. He would be plated by an RBI ground out by Jacob Pennella. After an inning, the Yankees led 2-0.
The Yankees built on that 2-0 lead in the top of the 3rd when the flood gates opened. John Colbert led off with a single and reached second on an errant throw to first. Then Altamore smacked his 4th home run of the season, lining two-run shot passed the right fielder. Jack Molloy followed that with a single up the middle and reached second base on a balk. Jacob Pennella took the dish and bombed a two-run home run to deep left for his third home run of the year. Then, Christopher Stich singled and promptly stole second, third, and home to make it 7-0. Next, starting pitcher Alexander Koushouris (8-2) helped his own cause when he walked and stole second only to be driven home by the thirdr two-run home run of the inning. This time it was power hitting Edward Iuteri with his first home run of the season. The Yankees lead had now swelled to 9-0.
After trading runs in the bottom of the third and top of the fourth, when Altamore tripled and stole home on the throw back to the pitcher, the Yankees lead was 10-1. The Jays would cut it to 10-2 in the fourth and in the bottom of the fifth they would rally for 4 more to make it 10-6 heading into the 6th inning.
In the top of the 6th, Sam Mazzullo led off with a hit-by-pitch to reach first. Zach Karson flared a single just over short. With Maz on second and Zach on first, a peculiar play occurred when Zach broke for second and was caught in a pickle between first and second with nowhere to go. Maz alertly stole 3rd base and then home, meanwhile Zach managed to get safely back to first and the Yanks had pushed the lead to 11-6. Matt Bonaparte then drilled a triple to left to pick up Karson for Matt's 13th RBI of the season. Jack Molloy followed with an RBI groundout to first and the Yanks had made it 13-6. With two outs and nobody on, the Yanks managed one more rally when Jacob Pennella doubled, Aidan Munoz walked, and Christopher Stich supplied the knockout punch when he hit single through the the right side for two RBIs. Stich stole second, third, and home again to record six stolen bases in one game.
After 4 2/3 of workman-like innings for starting pitcher Alexander Koushouris, who earned his 8th victory of the year and the game ball, pitchers Jack Molloy and Greg Altamore closed the door on a 16-8 World Series of Greenwich clinching game!