WOODBURY – Joseph Anton’s RBI double in the sixth inning to scored Lyam Seguinot and Alex Romaniuk-Chan and gave the Athletics a 3-1 win in the 2017 Woodbury Baseball & Softball Rookie League championship game over the Royals on Thursday.
The Royals entered the championship game with a perfect 9-0 regular season record, and a 10th win in the playoffs.
“The Athletics baseball team learned how to play this beautiful game, improved every week, and most importantly had fun,” said Athletics manager Brian Elsemore.
The Athletics got on the scoreboard first. Anton singled and scored on an RBI single by Luke Orlando in the third inning.
The Royals came back in fifth inning, when Kevin Haven hit a leadoff triple and Connor Dutton drove him in with a single.
That set up the sixth-inning heroics for the Athletics.
Gallery: Athletics 3, Royals 1
“The coaches, parents, and every player worked hard to follow Cal Ripken’s belief in developing athletes first,” Brian Elsemore said. “I am blessed and thankful to have been their coach and I congratulate them on a season I hope they remember for the rest of their lives.”
Ashton Elsemore also had a double for the Athletics.
Evan Douglas, Jake Lambert, Chase Carrington, Kaleb Haven, and Markus Galins also had hits for the Royals.
Royals manager Bill Herr refused to let his team define itself by the championship game loss.
“I know the kids learned a lot about baseball, and each one has improved since start of the season,” Royals manager Bill Herr said. “We had a perfect 9-0 regular season and I told the kids we are still winners. I am glad I had this opportunity to work with these Royals.”
The Athletcs’ roster includes Alex Romaniuk-Chan, Ashton Elsemore, Daniel Degaffrenried, Joseph Anton, Luke Orlando, Lyam Seguinot, Max Scorcher, Nick Sniffin, Ryan Alther, Tyler Holtman, Wesley Ganchou, and Will Vinciguerra.
The Royals’ roster includes Jake Blackburn, Matteo Bria, Chase Carrington, Evan Douglas, Connor Dutton, Brycen Gagne, Markus Galins, Mason Gilbert, Kaleb Haven, Kevin Haven, Billy Herr, Jake Lambert, and Max Nichols.