WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS — The Blue Jays and Dodgers got together for a photo to send to Evan Elkins, a player who is recovering from an accident. Photo by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — On July 18, Springville Youth Inc. held its majors division championship game at Springville/Concord Community Park. The Blue Jays and Dodgers, both sporting the color blue, battled it out for six innings. With a championship trophy on the line, both teams turned to the front of their pitching rotations.
Nick Abdo started for the Blue Jays, while Emmitt Collins was on the hill, for the Dodgers. The Blue Jays struck first, via the bat of Joe Jablonski. Jablonski ripped a base hit to right field, that scored Jordan Salzler and Sean Barry, in the top of the first inning.
The Dodgers responded, when lead-off hitter Mason Goodridge scored off a pass ball, to make it 2 – 1. Collins settled down, in the second inning, by striking out the side and holding the Blue Jays at bay.
The Dodgers took the lead, in the bottom of the second, with runs by Nick Pfarner and Andrew Delasandro. However, the Blue Jays tied the game, off an RBI double, by Sean Barry, that plated Salzler, for the second time in the game. The game would not remain tied for long. Cody Wells hit a base hit, in the next inning, to score Goodridge, in the bottom half of the inning.
GET THAT BALL — An embittered battle at base occurs, between two blue shirts. Photo submitted by Jeff Goodridge.
Wells scored on a single by Pfarner, to make it 5 – 3. The Jays added 2 runs, in the top of the fifth, to once again bring the game even at 5 – 5. The Dodgers answered, in the bottom half, scoring 3 runs, including a home run by Pfarner, that just cleared the left-field fence.
The Blue Jays scored 2 runs, early in the inning, to trim the Dodgers’ lead to 1. With the tying and go-ahead runs on base, for the Blue Jays, Pfarner ended the threat, getting the final out of the game, to pop up to first and clinch the 8 – 7 championship game win, for the Dodgers.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Coach Jeff Goodridge said. “It was such an emotional game. I’m just kind of drained, from all the ups and downs. It feels great, though. We have a lot of talent on this team, and we had some high expectations, coming into this season, but we stumbled out of the gate. We found our stride, in the middle of the season and have been getting better, every game.”
Mason Goodridge led the Dodgers, at the plate, going four-for-four and scoring 3 runs, in the victory. Pfarner went 3 – 3, including his homer in the fifth inning. The game saw six different lead changes and Goodridge said he was impressed by his teams resiliency.
“I told the guys tonight that they didn’t have that kind of resiliency, early in the season, that they had tonight,” added Goodridge. “They overcame some errors and just fought through a tough game.”
The Blue Jays were led by Salzer, who went two-for-two and scored 3 runs, in the loss. Barry went one-for-three and drove in a team-high 3 runs.