Little League champs are crownedCubs, Jays and Rays in titles

By on June 15, 2011

Championships were on the line this past Saturday and Monday as the Ephrata Area Little League held its championship playoff games to close out the 2011 in-house seasons.

It took an extra day to decide the title, but it was well worth the wait for the Cubs who captured the AAA title Monday night at Wolf Field with a 10-7 victory over the Phillies.

The Phillies forced a second and deciding championship game after downing the Cubs 3-1 Saturday afternoon also at Wolf Field. But thanks to a nine-run bottom of the third Monday, the Cubs took command and road that outburst to their title.

The Cubs trailed 4-1 heading into the bottom of the third, but exploded, sending 15 men to the plate in that pivotal inning. Nick Steffy ripped a double in the inning while Cameron Henry added a pair of singles in the frame. Ashton Hillard, Bryson Rhree, Zack McGillan, Logan Molchany and Clay Oberholtzer each added hits as the Cubs took a 10-4 lead.

The Phillies did add a run in the top of the fourth on a Jeremiah Metzler single followed by a double off the bat of Sydney Jantzen.

The Phils then put a rally together in the top of the sixth. Ricky Bromirski led off with a walk and moved to third on a single by Ian Schlotterer. Both those runners would score before Cubs reliever Devin Summers would close the door, getting a fly out to left field to end the game and give his team the championship.

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as McGillan doubled home Rhree, who had reached on a single.

The Phillies then grabbed their 4-1 lead with three runs in the second and one more in the third. Dilyn Becker ripped a single and Metzler followed with a double to key the three-run third. Ashton Sensenig singled and Sam Cable doubled to produce the fourth inning score. But that set the stage for the Cubs big third inning to key their win.

McGillan was a perfect 3-for-3 to pace the Cubs while teammates Hillard, Rhree, Molchany Oberholtzer and Henry each added a pair of hits.

Metzler led the Phillies with two hits in the game.

In the AA championship Saturday, the Blue Jays captured the crown with an 11-7 victory over the Red Sox (no details were provided).

And the A title went to the Rays, who defeated the Blue Jays, 13-7 in the finals. The Rays opened up a quick 5-0 lead before the Blue Jays came back to tie it up at 5-5 with four runs in the second and one more in the third.

But the Rays took the lead for good with a three spot in the bottom of the third. They then tacked on five more runs in the bottom of the fifth to salt this one away. More LITTLE LEAGUE, page B-3

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