Gene Twardzik/For The Recorder Matt Hughes of Betz, Rossi, Bellinger slides into the tag of Mohawk Valley Orthopedics' Orlando Rodriguez during Game 2 of the Amsterdam Youth Baseball Majors Division championship series Tuesday at Isabel's Field.
Gene Twardzik/For The Recorder Mohawk Valley Orthopedics won the Amsterdam Youth Baseball League Majors Division championship at Isabel's Field on Tuesday night. From left to right, Gon McCabe, Patrick Kelly, Anthony Sacco, Cory Motyl, Tyler Williamson and Evan Sawitzki. Back row, Carter Martin, Orlando Rodriguez, coach Greg Sawitzki, Tyler Safran, Anthony Kelly, head coach Ted Safran, Chris Lent, Ian Healy and coach Rich Williamson.
Gene Twardzik/For The Recorder Orlando Rodriguez of Mohawk Valley Orthopedics receives his championship trophy following his team's 13-2 victory over Betz, Rossi, Bellinger in the Amsterdam Youth Baseball League Majors Division championship series. MVO swept BRB, 2-0 in the best-of-3 series.
Patrick Kelly of Mohawk Valley Orthopedics avoids a close pitch during Game 2 of the Amsterdam Youth Baseball League Majors Division championship Tuesday at Isabel's Field.
By MICHAEL KELLY
After stumbling out of the gate this season in the Amsterdam Youth Baseball League Majors Division, the Mohawk Valley Orthopedics squad ended 2014 on a high.
After winning Game 1 of the best-of-3 championship series Monday at Isabel's Field, MVO clinched the league's title Tuesday with an impressive 13-2 win against Betz, Rossi, Bellinger.
"We clicked at the right time," said MVO head coach Ted Safran after his club's two-game sweep at Isabel's Field.
MVO plated five runs in the first inning, a pair in the second and six in the third. The contest was ended midway through the fourth inning due to the 10-run rule.
The offensive explosion was in stark contrast to Monday's affair, which saw MVO top BRB, 2-1. MVO's Tyler Williamson said his club's aggressive approach at the plate was the difference.
"We were swinging the bat a lot more," he said. "We were making contact and we had smart base-running."
The easiest base-running of the day came for Ian Healy in the second inning. In that frame, MVO's leadoff hitter blasted a solo home run well over the fence in left-centerfield.
"That was my first one," Healy said of the out-of-the-park swat.
The blast made it 6-0 in MVO's favor. The squad had received a two-RBI single from Corey Motyl to highlight the first inning's scoring, while six different players each had a single RBI in the third inning.
Getting in on the fun in a big way was MVO's Patrick Kelly, who slapped and scampered his way to a pair of run-scoring singles in the contest.
"My main thing was to try to get a single," he said. "It felt really good."
Kelly also scored a run.
While MVO's offense was the star of Tuesday's action, the club's defense got things started for the squad. In the first inning, BRB's Tony Cheney lined a single to center field that looked likely to score teammate Matt Hughes.
But MVO center fielder Anthony Sacco scooped up the ball and fired to Williamson, who was playing second base. When the infielder turned toward home plate, he saw Hughes still had a way to go after starting the play at second base.
"I saw he was going and that I had a chance," said Williamson. "So, I threw it as hard as I could."
The offering was a strike to catcher Orlando Rodriguez, who applied the tag to Hughes to end the inning.
For BRB, Caydren Graveley had an RBI in the fourth inning, while Michael Swank scored in the third on a steal of home plate.
Swank had one of the four hits for BRB, along with Cheney, Hughes and Brendan Meacham.
Hughes and Michael Rocas also each had a walk for BRB.
Healy and Williamson did the pitching for MVO, each tossing two innings.
On offense, every MVO player reached base at least once. In order, Healy was 2-for-2 with a home run, a walk and two RBIs; Williamson was 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI; Tyler Safran was 3-for-3 with an RBI; Rodriguez was 1-for-1 with a walk and an RBI; Motyl was 1-for-1 with two RBIs; Evan Sawitzki walked and scored a run; Anthony Kelly was 2-for-2 with an RBI; Chris Lent walked and scored a run; Patrick Kelly was 2-for-2 with two RBIs; Gon McCabe had an RBI and reached after being plunked; and, Carter Martin walked and scored a run.
MVO played a flawless championship series with both its bats and gloves. The club's victory was a testament to its perseverance after a rough start to the 2014 campaign.
"It was six or seven games before we won one," said Ted Safran. "But we just got better as the year went on."
That process culminated Tuesday with a championship victory.
"It feels amazing," Patrick Kelly said.
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