The Rockies defeated the Marlins 9-6 Monday night to claim the Milford Senior Division Little League baseball title.
The “Rockies” are the 2014 champions of the Milford Little League Senior Division baseball after defeating the Marlins 9-6 Monday night in the championship game.
“We won,” was the collective shout from the Rockies dugout at the Milford Little League Complex Monday night when the final out was achieved against the Marlins.
“This really is a Cinderella story,” said assistant coach Jack Rogers, “We were the fourth-seeded team in the tournament, and we only won three out of ten games during the regular season.”
The Rockies unloaded on Marlin pitchers Korey Mitchell and Tyler Benton for six runs in the top of the first inning, then added two more in the second frame to build an imposing 8-0 lead. The Rockies defense also turned in a solid performance, making the routine plays, and also gunning down several Marlin base runners trying to take extra bases.
The Marlins had a potential rally snuffed out in the bottom of the first. Leadoff batter Derrick Brooks laced a ball to left field, and he was then thrown out at third base on a pinpoint throw from left-fielder Aaron Thornley. Brooks tried to stretch a double into a triple. With the score 8-1, Marlin’s infielder Cole Davis was thrown out at home plate in the bottom of the fourth.
The Marlins’ bat came alive in the fifth inning, adding two more runs and chasing Rockies’ starter Nick Capece from the game. That made the score Rockies 8-Marlins 3. Capece had five strikeouts and four walks in four and two-third innings. He gave up three hits and one earned run.
Aaron Thornley closed out the fifth and pitched a scoreless sixth inning. The Rockies added an insurance run in the their last at bat.
The Marlins again rallied in the bottom of the seventh, adding three more runs off Thornley.
Cole Attix then came in to relive Thornley, striking out two of the last four batters, and wrap up an improbable the league championship for the Rockies.
Head coach Chase Rosenquist said he was very proud of the way his team battled all season and Monday night.
“We did a great job offensively and our defense helpe us win this game tonight,” he said.
It should also be noted that Rosenquist, Rogers and assistant coach John Needles are all first year coaches. A Cinderella story indeed!