Cubs top Cardinals for Revere Youth Baseball championship
By Melissa Randall
In what was the last series of the season for the Revere Youth Baseball Softball League, the Cardinals and Cubs made it a thrilling one, with the Cubs taking the decisive third game of the series to take home the championship.
The Cardinals game out swinging in Game 1 with a 3-0 lead behind some great pitching by Dougie McGrath. However Cubs pitcher Jared Pacitta held the Cardinals to just the three runs as his teammates bats started to come to life. The Cubs slowly clawed their way back to tie the game.
Then the hitting floodgates opened as Chris Cecca hit a bases-clearing double that drove in three, and Giancarlo Miro knocked in two with a rocket. The Cubs’ Brody McNair continued his hot hitting ways and Nicholas Simpson managed the outfield with ease giving the Cubs the 8-5 win and a lead in the series. Both Douglas Goodwin and JP Nowicki had solid games for the Cardinals.
It was scoreless through the first few frames. However, the Cubs’ bats came alive once again, thanks to a two-run single from Brody McNair. However, the Cardinals were not ready to end their season. With two players on base, Phil Boncore hit a deep shot to right field, and when the dust settled, he was standing on third base, and the game was tied. The game went into extra innings and stayed tied until the bottom of the eighth inning. The Cardinals’ Doug Goodwin was on second base as Doug McGrath strode to the plate with a chance to win it for the Cardinals. With a line drive past second base, McGrath did just that. Goodwin scored and the Cardinals forced a deciding game for the title.
With the championship on the line, the Cubs came out swinging once again. They started with a 3-0 lead in the first and never looked backed opening up their to lead 7-0 in the third. The Cardinals hoped to bring back their game-winning heroics of the previous night with some great hitting. In the fifth inning and still trailing 7-0, they brought in pitcher Ollie Svendsen. Svendsen held the Cubs scoreless the rest of the way.
However, in the end the Cardinals could only pick up one run. The Cubs won the game, 7-1, and the Major League Championship series two games to one.
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