You couldn't have asked for a better way to end the 2012 Boys Majors regular season.
In a battle of unbeatens, Betts and TruckLite squared off Wednesday at Betts-Jackson in what amounted to a league championship game. After allowing three runs to TruckLite in the top of the seventh inning, Betts stormed back to score four runs in the bottom of the seventh, winning 5-4 in extra innings.
Colby Johnson started on the hill for Betts and gave up just one run on one hit while striking out 11. His counterpart - Jake Harvey of TruckLite - was equally impressive, also giving up one run on one hit while striking out 11.
Times Observer photo by Jon Sitler
Jumping for joy
Nathan Betts, right, celebrates a hard-fought extra-inning win with teammate Tevon Campbell, red helmet, who scored the winning run for Betts in a 5-4 Boys Majors Little League game versus TruckLite in a battle of unbeaten teams on Wednesday at Betts-Jackson Field. For WCYBSA Little League results, see page B-2.
TruckLite appeared to be in control of things after scoring three runs in the top of the seventh, but Betts would not give in. James Sturdevant started the seventh with a single and the two walks and hit batsman that followed cut the TruckLite lead to 4-2 with two outs.
A clutch single by Nate Betts followed that and made it 4-3, and a Truck Lite free pass with the bases loaded tied the game. That brought Johnson to the plate and he ended the game with a walkoff single to score Tevon Campbell and give Betts the dramatic victory.
In other action, Gracie Wood was 2-for-2 with two doubles, and Seneca Bennett added two hits, in State Farm's Girls Minors win on Wednesday under the lights at Betts-Jackson. Julia Lobdell struck out six in two scoreless innings to preserve the win for Celia Chase.
Andrea Sveda blasted a double and a triple for EmergyCare/Results Rehab, and Jordan Sitler and Riley Downey had big hits. Sitler completed a double play from the pitcher's mound, and Alexis Nyquist's play at shortstop helped EmeryCare escape with two scoreless innings to end its season.
Post 135 312 000 0 - 6 11
Bullpen 150 051 x - 12 8
2b-Blake Ristau (P), Caleb Dexter (P), Ryan Gorgacz (B), Devin Nowacki (B). 3b-Dexter (P), Mason Albaugh (P). WP-Seth Baldensperger.
Greene Law Office played First Niagara. 2b-Trevor Mueller (G), Justice Greene (G), Drew Wees (G), Issac Worth (G), Issac Smith (F). 3b-Aldon Huling (F).
Truck Lite 100 000 3 - 4 5
Betts 100 000 4 - 5 5
2b-Colby Johnson (B). WP-Jackson Knupp.
State Farm Loutzenhiser 560 00 - 11 8
EmergyCare 510 0- - 6 4
2b-Andrea Sveda (E), Gracie Wood (S) 2. 3b-Sveda (E). WP-Celia Chase.