Shoe Carnival grabbed an early 3-0 lead and never trailed in winning the Cal Ripken League tournament championship Wednesday night at Paul Weddle Field.
The Stars, who won the losers’ bracket final 9-5 over FOP in Wednesday’s first game, tied the championship game at 3-3 in the third inning.
The tie didn’t last long as Shoe Carnival scored five runs in the fourth to take an 8-3 lead and went on to win 8-5.
Shoe Carnival struck early, picking up a run in the first inning as Ryan Staples and Tyler Hockensmith both drew walks. Staples, who had taken second on a wild pitch, went to third base on Hockensmith’s walk and scored when Brady Taylor popped up to the pitcher.
The score stayed 1-0 until the third when Shoe Carnival added two more runs in the top of the inning.
Staples and Hockensmith led off with singles. Taylor followed with a base hit scoring Eli Hillock, running for Staples, and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
The Stars tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the third.
Jesse Thurman led off with a double, and after Walker Lee drew a walk Nick Roush doubled to score Thurman and send Lee to third.
Lee scored on a wild pitch, and Zach Anglin singled to drive Roush home with the tying run.
Shoe Carnival quickly regained control of the game with five runs in the top of fourth inning.
Mason Hall hit a one-out double and Jacob Cummins drew a walk. Staples singled to score Hall, and Cummins went to third.
Hockensmith followed with an infield single to score Cummins, and with Staples and Hockensmith on base, Taylor sent the ball over the fence in left center for a three-run home run and an 8-3 lead.
The Stars closed out the scoring in the bottom of the sixth as Jimmy Lewis and Thurman led off with singles and Lee drew a walk to load the bases.
Roush popped up and the ball dropped in the infield, but the infield fly rule was called for one out, and Lewis was thrown out at home on the same play for the second out.
Parker Burge came through with a two-out triple to make the score 8-5, and a pop-up ended the game.
For Shoe Carnival Taylor hit a home run and a single, Staples singled three times, Hockensmith had two singles, and Hall hit a double.
Staples was the starting pitcher and went two innings. Hockensmith pitched the third, fourth and fifth innings, and Isaac Fluharty closed out the game in the sixth inning.
Roush, Andrew Poole and Thurman each hit a double and single for the Stars, Lewis and Anglin both singled twice, and Burge hit a triple.
Roush started on the mound for the Stars and went three innings before being relieved by Lee.
The Stars reached the championship game with their 9-5 win over FOP.
In that game the Stars scored three runs in each of the first two innings to take a 6-2 lead at the end of two.
Lee homered for the Stars, Thurman singled twice, Roush and Anglin both hit a double, and Burge had a base hit. Roush and Lee pitched.
Baylor Napier hit a home run for FOP, Gabe Gosney hit two singles, and Robbie Brown, Brandon Semones and Justin Bunker each had a base hit.
Napier and Isaac Dotson pitched.
Shoe Carnival 5, Stars 3
In the winners’ bracket final Tuesday, Shoe Carnival scored three runs in the fifth inning for a 5-0 lead and then withstood the Stars’ rally to win 5-3.
The Stars scored all three of their runs in the sixth inning.
Ryan Staples hit a triple and single for Shoe Carnival, Jacob Cummins hit a double and single, and Brady Taylor and Isaac Fluharty each had a base hit.
Staples and Tyler Hockensmith pitched.
Nick Roush hit a home run and double for the Stars, and Walker Lee had a home run.
Andrew Poole hit a double, and Zach Anglin singled.
Roush and Lee pitched.
FOP 4, McDonald’s 3
Trailing 3-2 after four innings, FOP scored two runs in the fifth inning to take the victory Tuesday and advance to the losers’ bracket final against the Stars.
Isaac Dotson hit a double and single for FOP, Baylor Napier, Kobe Click and Gabe Gosney each hit a double, and Brandon Semones had a base hit.
Napier and Dotson pitched.
McDonald’s hits were two singles by Connor Graves, and a single apiece from Bailey Ridderkhoff, Kaleb Hupp, Nick Flora, Dennis Woodrum and Jacob Smith.
Graves, Ridderkhoff and Kaleb Hupp pitched.
FOP 4, Rotary 0
FOP had three hits in Monday’s first game – a double and single by Isaac Dotson and a single by Kobe Click.
Dotson and Baylor Napier pitched.
Kyle Stivers and Brent Stevens both singled for Rotary. Jeremiah Green and Alex Campbell pitched.
McDonald’s 9, Crumbaugh Prop. 0
Connor Graves singled three times for McDonald’s in Monday’s second game, Bailey Ridderkhoff hit a double and single, and Ayden Brown hit two singles.
Jacob Smith and Kaleb Hupp both hit doubles, and Caleb Barnes, Davin Hupp and Dennis Woodrum each had a base hit.
Graves and Nick Flora pitched.
Crumbaugh’s hits were singles by TA Crumbaugh and Carlos Gonzalez.
Corbin Farley, Crumbaugh and Nate Johnson pitched.