Times Staff Writer
The brooms were out this past Friday evening, as Wise Mechanical swept the year-end tournament bracket, earning the distinction of 2018 Organized Team Activities 9-10 champions. The team finished 4-0 in tournament play.
“It was a great season,” said coach Jamer Niccoli. “They played their best game of the season tonight.”
Wise Mechanical proved throughout Friday’s game that the hard work and dedication they put in during season paid off. Wise defeated Cabin Creek 10-1.
Cabin Creek scored their one and only run of the game in the top of the first inning. Ryder Church showed great vision by drawing a walk to start the inning. He later came around to score on a Jack Stone double.
However, Wise Mechanical responded in the bottom of the first inning. Cesar Marmolejo, Vinny Niccoli and Nolan Frymore came around to score.
In the top of the second, Cabin Creek’s bats went ice cold. Wise Mechanical’s pitching dominated the three-up, three-down inning with a trio of strikeouts.
The outcome of the game was unknowingly decided in the bottom of the second inning.
Ashlyn Harris, Owen Frazier, Marmolejo, Niccoli, Frymore, Sam Anderson and Cody Casebolt all reached base during the course of the inning and later came around to score.
When the dust had settled, Wise Mechanical held a 10-1 lead.
In the final two innings of the game, neither team could get anything going offensively. As the final out brought the top of the fourth inning to a close, Wise Mechanical players and fans erupted in triumph.
Prior to the championship game, Wise Mechanical faced Cabin Creek last Wednesday in round two of the year-end tournament.
In the bottom of the first, Marmolejo was the first to put Wise Mechanical on the board.
In the top of the third, Aaron Baca reached base on a single with two outs in the inning. However, his Cabin Creek teammates were unable to bring him home.
Wise Mechanical increased their lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning thanks to a Carbon Kruthaupt single, with Aydan Sunderlin coming across to score.
Cabin Creek finally got on the board in the top of the third off an error and multiple walks.
Ryder Church reached base to start the inning and later came around to score, cutting the lead to 2-1.
Wise Mechanical’s bats caught fire in the bottom of the third inning. After Marmolejo, Niccoli and Frymoyer reached base on walks, Casebolt and Evan Bjornstad smacked back-to-back singles, increasing the lead to 5-1. Casebolt and Bjornstad also came across to score later in the inning.
Cooper Mickelson scored the final run of the game for Cabin Creek off a walk in the top of the fourth inning.
Marmolejo scored one more time for Wise Mechanical in the bottom of the fourth, resulting in an 8-2 win.
“It was awesome to win again,” said coach Sparky Casebolt. “The kids hit and pitched well.”
(Brandon Warr can be reached at 970.641.1414 or email@example.com.)