A Westchester boys baseball team has brought home the Babe Ruth World Series championship trophy for the second time in three years.
The squad of 13 to 15 year olds rallied for come-from-behind, extra-inning wins in both the semifinals and championship game to win their division title last month in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.
In the semifinals, Westchester rallied from a 4-2 deficit to pull out a 5-4 victory in the ninth inning.
With Westchester down 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh during the championship game, outfielder Michael Gonzales doubled outfielder Nate Llorenz home and the next batter, third baseman Joe Fortin, knocked in Gonzalez with a two-out single. Shortstop Adrian Morales drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.
“In our program, these probably have to rank near the top of our greatest victories,” said Westchester Babe Ruth President Chris Lynch.
And that’s saying something: Westchester teams have reached Babe Ruth World Series championship games five times in eight years, and in 2013 the 14-and-under squad rode a 10-game winning streak to a World Series championship.
— Gary Walker