68th Annual B.A.B.A. Grand Championship Game
Clintonville A's scored ten times in the seventh inning to break open
a close game Sunday as they downed Elderon 13-7 to win their 13th
B.A.B.A. Grand Championship. The game was played in Don
Jirschele Stadium at W.A. Olen Park in Clintonville. It was Elderon's
fifth runner up finish in as many tries.
drew first blood in the title game taking a 2-0 lead in the top of
the third. Mike Lehman opened the frame with a leadoff double and
Kasey Morgan followed with an RBI double. After a sac bunt, Morgan
scored on Marv Meronk's sac fly.
scored a run of their own in the bottom of the frame as Ryan Ebert
was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a sacrifice, stole third and
scored on John Dunlavy's ground out.
upped their margin to 4-1 when Marv Meronk singled, stole second and
scored on Brandon Groshek's single. After Matt Meronk reached on an
error, Groshek scored on Justin Meronk's single.
scored twice in the bottom of the frame to cut the Whiskey Jacks lead
to 4-3. Jared Westphal reached on an error to open the inning and
Griffin wiley followed with a base hit. After a walk to Ryan Ebert
loaded the bases, John Dunlavy belted a two-run double.
upped their margin to 5-3 in the top of the seventh when Shawn
Kerstner reached second on an outfield error by the A's. Brandon
Groshek followed with an RBI double.
came the A's half of the seventh when they plated 13 batters scoring
10 times to take the lead and basically put things away for good.
With two outs, Dean Muthig and Jesse Wiley hit back-to-back singles.
Mack Shingler then delivered a two-run single to knot the score a
5-all. Aaron Everts followed with a single and Jared Westphal then
delivered an RBI single. Griffin Wiley drove in two more with double
and Ryan Ebert added an RBI single. After a Garrick Morgan walk, John
Dunlavy drove in another run with a single and Dean Muthig ended the
onslaught with a three-run homer to right center.
added a pair of runs in the eighth when Justin Meronk and Troy
Leiskau banged back to back singles and scored on Randy Printz's
2 RBI hit.
Dunlavy was the winning pitcher. He scattered 15hits, fanned three
and didn't walk a batter. Rick Boda, first of three Elderon pitchers
took the loss. Marv Meronk and Shawn Kerstner also tossed for the
Whiskey Jacks. They allowed 12 hits, fanned 6 and walked five.
Dunlavy, the game's Most Valuable Player, led the A's offense going 2
for 5 with a double and four RBI. Dean Muthig was also 2 for 5 with a
home run and three RBI. Griffin Wiley was 2 for 4 with a double and
two RBI. Mack Shingler was 2 for 4 with two RBI. Ryan Ebert, Jesse
Wiley, Aaron Everts, and Jared Westphal each had one hit for the
Kerstner, Brandon Groshek, Matt Meronk, Justin Meronk, and Troy
Leiskau all had two hits for Elderon. Kasey Morgan, Groshek
and Mike Lehman all legged out doubles. Randy Printz and
Marv Meronk each had two RBI, while Kasey Morgan, Brandon Groshek and
Matt Meronk each drove in a run.
left ten men on base while Clintonville stranded seven runners.
team committed three errors in the contest.
the game awards were presented by B.A.B.A. Comissioner Craig Brei and
Sec./Treas. Gordy Boldig.