The Oak River Dodgers and the RFNOW Cardinals are senior AA baseball champions.
Entering the top of the seventh inning trailing 2-1, the Cardinals exploded for seven runs with two out for an 8-3 victory over the GW Vacuum Truck Service Young Guns in Game 5 of the best-of-five Andrew Agencies Senior AA Baseball League final at Sumner Field on Monday.
The win gave the Cardinals their sixth league title in the last eight years. The Young Guns last won in 2016.
It was certainly an odd series.
After deadlocking at 5-5 after 10 innings on Sunday, the teams picked up the game in the 11th inning on Monday.
If the Cardinals won, it was series over, while the Young Guns had to win to force the final game. They did just that, scoring two unearned runs in the 11th inning for a 7-5 victory in Game 4.
In Game 5, the teams traded runs in the first inning and the Young Guns scored again in the third inning as Garrett Popplestone tripled twice and scored both runs for his team to give them a 2-1 lead.
Young Guns starter Sean Dryden, who had given up one earned run through six innings, was replaced by Mitch Lyall in the seventh inning. Buddy Mayert singled to put his team up 3-2, and Shayne MacGranachan tripled home three runs to make it 6-2.
Luke Whelpton, who was tagged with the loss in the abbreviated Game 4 on Monday, threw all seven innings in Game 5, striking out six for the victory.
Meanwhile, the visiting Dodgers became the first team in the South West Baseball League final to win on the road as they topped the host Boissevain Centennials 5-0 in the fifth and deciding game of the championship series on Monday.
The Dodgers scored two runs in the second inning and three more in the fourth inning as the teams combined for just eight hits.
Brady Moxham threw a complete game shutout for the win, allowing just three hits and two walks as he struck out eight.
Skylar Canada took the loss, allowing two runs, one of them earned, in three innings. He gave up four hits and one walk. Patrick Vandoorne allowed three Oak River runs on one hit and five walks in the final four innings, also with just one earned run, as a pair of Boissevain errors proved costly.
Boissevain had led the series 2-1.
Dayton Heino and Drew Birss each had an RBI for the winners, with Chad Klimnik tripling, and Keenan Lewis doubling and scoring twice.
Boissevain and Oak River have met in the last three league finals, with Oak River winning in 2017 and 2019.
In Game 1 of the best-of-five Border Baseball League final, the visiting Winkler Whips shut out the pennant-winning Pilot Mound Pilots 9-0. Game 2 is tonight in Winkler at 6:30.
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