Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
Wednesday, June 6, may have been the only dry day that week and fortunately it was the day that the championship game was played in the Great Neck Little League Minors “B” division for the 8/9 age group. This season’s final game featured the rubber match of a three-game season long series between the Dodgers and the Marlins. In the first two games, played during the regular season, these two teams played to a tie. And so it seemed that fate would have the same two teams meet in the final game of the season for the championship trophy.
The first three innings saw a pitcher’s duel unfold as Alex Schwartz and Garrett Roth kept things in check for the Marlins while the Dodgers countered with Jack Kosinski and Harrison Rich. Rich was particularly effective striking out seven of the 11 batters he faced. The Dodgers were able to scratch out one run on hits by Michael Bornstein and Jack Kosinski but the Marlins also scored a run on a hit by Alex Schwartz making the score 1-1 as the game entered the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the fourth inning the Dodgers strung together a walk to Zachary Israel and hits by Michael Bornstein and Leo Korman to score two runs and take a 3-1 lead. They handed the ball to Michael Bornstein for the fifth hoping that he could close out the game. But the Marlins would not go easily. Jaden Weisser singled to start a rally and the Marlins loaded the bases with two outs. The next batter put the ball in play on a check swing and Dodgers catcher Leo Korman acted instinctively in picking up the ball and stepping on home plate to preserve the lead.
In the final inning the Dodgers tacked on three insurance runs on hits by Leo Korman and Rachael Rosenberg. And Michael Bornstein appreciated that cushion as the Marlins threatened one last time in the final inning scoring a run on a Matt Hymowitz hit and having a runner on third base before Bornstein was able to strike out the final batter to preserve the win.