Eric May's RBI-double in the third inning proved to be the difference in American Legion's 9-8 win over Chenault and Hoge in the Babe Ruth tournament championship game Tuesday night at Franklin County.
Chenault and Hoge had defeated American Legion 6-2 Monday in the double elimination tournament to force a second title game. C&H advanced to the final after putting together four wins in the losers bracket.
But American Legion, the regular season champion, scored seven runs in the first inning Tuesday and held on.
Chenault and Hoge tied the game at 7-7 after two innings. In the bottom of the third and with two outs, May doubled to left center, scoring Blake Baker and Chase Straw to put American Legion up 9-7.
Neither team could score after that until C&H made one last rally in the seventh inning.
With one out, Richard Weese walked and stole second. The next batter struck out but Jordan Hall delivered an RBI hit to score Weese. Justin Muravchick was then hit by a pitch, sending Hall, the tying run, to second. The next batter struck out to end the game.
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