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Rossi leads Padres to 2011 Babe Ruth title

Douglas Etten

Douglas Etten / Tahoe Daily TribuneKyle Rossi dives back into second base unsuccessfully as Dominic Diana of the Indians puts a tag on him to retire the Padres' baserunner during the third inning of game on last Thursday.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – Both teams knew it would likely come down to a one-game, must win scenario for the 2011 South Tahoe Babe Ruth League championship last Thursday.

For the South Tahoe Indians, theirs came in the first of what turned into a double-header championships series with the Padres. In game two though is where the cream rose to the top.

After dominating game one 16-4, the Indians lineup found it tough-going against righty Kyle Rossi who was every bit of dominant on the mound for the winning team.

He stifled the Indians line-up, holding them to just four hits over seven strong innings. After dropping game one in a blowout, the Padres fought back on the strength of Rossi’s outing and claimed a 4-1 championship game win to bring an end to the regular season and claim the 2011 season title.

“They threw their ace in game two and so did we,” Indians coach Chuck Diana said. “It was a good baseball game. The kids had a lot of fun and that’s the important thing.”

Things didn’t start off great out of the gates for Rossi as a leadoff single in the bottom of the first for Dakota Lynch gave the Indians a baserunner with no one out. After Lynch stole second to put himself in scoring position, Rossi and the Padres fell behind when an RBI single from Dominic Diana gave the Indians a 1-0 lead.

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From there it was a battle of the pitching and defense as Indians starter Jorden Switzer kept the Padres at bay until the top of three when the eventual champs ripped the game open.

Switzer was on cruise control it seemed as after a leadoff single from Ty Sprock in the top of the first, went on to retire eight straight Padres hitters, four by courtesy of the strikeout.

With two out and no one aboard, Sprock got the rally started as he singled, scored on a RBI double from Kolby Eymann made it 1-1 before another two out, RBI double off the bat of Rossi made it 2-1 Padres. It was a lead Rossi and the visiting Padres wouldn’t succumb.

Two hits the rest of the way were all the Indians could muster. Offensively the Padres added a couple of insurance runs; one coming in the sixth on a back-to-back singles from Conner McKeen and Rossi. The other in the top of the seventh when Aaron Johnson singled out of the nine spot and was helped across by a single from Eymann, walk by McKeen and a wild pitch.

The pitching line for Switzer was impressive also. He went the distance for the Indians, scattering four runs on six hits, walking just one and striking out 13.

Sprock’s three hits led the offense in the game two win for the Padres. Eyman had a double and single while Rossi did as well. McKeen and Johnson collected the other two hits for the champs.

For the Indians; Lynch, Diana and Oliver Cortez had hits.

Game one highlights

The Indians hit the ball and hit the ball well in their game on 16-4 win. It was the game that gave them a chance at the championship in game two.

Lynch, who finished with three hits and two runs scored, lead the way for the Indians in their game one win. Gardner and Diana collected two hits each for the Indians. Switzer was one for two while Jack Coolbaugh and Matt Herring each had hits. Nick Vacakis and Carson Alexander each scored two runs in the win.

For the Padres in game one, Rossi had a pair of hits followed by one each from Eymann, McKeen, Michael Crandall and Jesse Crouch. Crouch along with Chad Kassamani and Eymann all saw action on the mound while Lynch collected the win.