The Westchester, California Babe Ruth League 13-15 All-Star Team defeated host Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, 3-2, in extra innings to capture the Babe Ruth World Series championship in front of more than 6,000 fans.
Westchester won a nine-inning game in the semi-finals, beating West End, Pennsylvania, to earn a spot in the championship game at the 13-15 World Series in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.
The top of the third saw Lawrenceburg take an early lead, 1-0. Ben Staggs started out the rally for Tennessee with a double. A single by Koltar Houser then moved Staggs from second to third. A sacrifice fly by Jacob Hallmark scored Staggs.
Lawrenceburg added another run in the top of the fifth, when Bradley Huckaba singled to left field. A sacrifice by Bailey Burleson advanced Huckaba to second, with a double by Michael Gonzalez scoring Huckaba.
However, Lawrenceburg's bullpen was unable to finish off a strong performance by Ryan Weathers, as Westchester took the lead off of relief pitcher Bailey Burleson in the eighth inning and held on for a 3-2 win.
Westchester trailed 2-0 going into the seventh inning when Joe Fortin delivered a game-tying two-run single to send the game into extra innings. Pitcher Max Sturner held Lawrenceburg scoreless in the top of the eighth before Adrian Morales delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the inning, driving in Mateo Camano.
Weathers worked out of five tough spots for Lawrenceburg. He pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs on eight hits.
Joe Fortin went a perfect 4-4 at the dish for Westchester. He doubled in the fifth and singled in the first, third and seventh innings.
Maxwell Sterner had an impressive outing against Lawrenceburg's lineup. Lawrenceburg managed just one hit off of Sterner, who allowed no earned runs, walked three and struck out three during his 3 2/3 innings of work.
Despite the loss, Lawrenceburg's Weathers dominated Westchester's batters, giving up two runs and striking out nine.
Burleson was the game's losing pitcher, pitching just two-thirds of an inning, walking two, striking out one and allowing one run.
"This is the greatest win in Westchester Babe Ruth history," said Westchester assistant coach Dean Jelmini. "We did it."
Fortin was named the World Series Most Outstanding Player and tournament Batting Champion with an average of .684.