Rockies claim Greenwich Cal Ripken Majors championship

The 2014 Cal Ripken Major Champion Rockies pose for a team photo after winning the championship. In the back row is Jackson Magann, Will Dallape, Logan Guerreri, Seb Jones, Matthew Myers, Robbie Roth and Hunter Cusimano. Pictured in the front row is Hunter Gruenstrass, Garrett Murphy, Max Kaicher, Jake Mondschein and Charlie Wind.

The 2014 Cal Ripken Major Champion Rockies pose for a team photo after winning the championship. In the back row is Jackson Magann, Will Dallape, Logan Guerreri, Seb Jones, Matthew Meyers, Robbie Roth and Hunter Cusimano. Pictured in the front row is Hunter Gruenstrass, Garrett Murphy, Max Kaicher, Jake Mondschein and Charlie Wind.

In a well-played series at Pemberwick Field, the Rockies captured the 2014 Cal Ripken Majors championship, beating a talented Blue Jays team.

Pitching and defense defined the first game. Rockies starter Seb Jones pitched no-hit ball through three innings and defensive plays by Hunter Cusimano, Max Kaicher, Jake Mondschein and Will Dallape set the tone for the series.

Not to be outdone, Blue Jays starter Toph Genaro and his teammates matched Jones and the Rockies and the game remained scoreless through three innings.

However the Rockies broke through in the bottom of the fourth. Back-to-back line drives by Garrett Murphy and Cusimano fueled a two-run Rockies rally, a lead the Rockies would extend to 5-0 the following inning.

The Blue Jays rallied in the sixth frame, ultimately cutting the lead to 5-3 only to strand the tying run at second when a perfect throw by Seb Jones and a lightning quick tag by Hunter Gruenstrass gunned down the final out at third to seal the Rockies’ victory.

The following night, Jones was on fire again, emptying the tank over three more innings, handing the ball, and a 7-1 lead, to Gruenstrass who pitched the final three in an 11-2 Rockies win.

Charlie Wind and Robbie Roth led another errorless effort by the defense but in game two, the Rockies seemed determined to show they are as good with their bats as they are with their gloves.

Matthew Myers and Logan Guerreri had two hits each, all 12 Rockies scored or drove in a run and there were timely hits all night, none bigger than Jackson Magann’s two-out, two-strike, second inning single that drove in what proved to be the winning runs.

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