BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — The Tigers captured a Junior Division championship in dominating fashion during the Maumee Little League tournament at Gateway on June 28. Caleb Loboschefski struck eight Yankees players out, while allowing just two hits over four innings and also joined teammates Logan Brentlinger (center field), Tim Metcalf (catcher) and Adam Varner (left field) in providing the Tigers offense with two hits. The Yankees actually jumped out to an immediate 2-0 advantage on a leadoff walk by shortstop Eli Seiler, a triple from centerfielder Samuel Garcia and a sacrifice fly by catcher Eric Board, but that lead did not last long. The Tigers responded with three of their own runs in the bottom of the stanza, as Brentlinger, second baseman Conner Kish, first baseman Brayden Meeks and shortstop Ashton Heckman all drew walks and Metcalf followed up with a two-run single. The second and third frames both saw the Tigers send all nine batters to the plate. Meeks, Metcalf and Varner all singled in the second; Heckman, Loboschefski and rightfielder Lucas Baril each walked and Brentlinger and Kish reached base via the fielder’s choice. Leading 7-2, the Tigers scored three more in the third on a Loboschefski triple, a Brentlinger single and walks from Heckman, Meeks (HBP), Metcalf and Varner. Now trailing 10-2, the Yankees mustered their final run in the fourth when pitcher Drew Durliat doubled, advanced to third on a Tigers miscue and scored on another error. It was all Tigers from there. The bottom of the fourth saw the Tigers send 13 final batters to the plate. Loboschefski led this last push with a two-run double and Baril, Brentlinger and Varner added singles. Baril also joined Kish, Meeks, Metcalf and third baseman Jake Hall with walks and Heckman knocked another run in while reaching on a fielder’s choice. Brentlinger’s single effectively ended the contest, as it forced the implication of the run rule. Brentlinger finished with a walk, three runs, two RBI and a stolen base; Loboschefski totaled a triple, a double, a walk, three runs, three RBI and a stolen base; Metcalf had two walks, a run and three RBI and Varner posted a walk, two runs and a stolen base. The Tigers were without Paul Insco, Jayden Michalak and Ian Wollenweber, who also contributed to the season for manager Jason Michalak’s team – which was sponsored by Expresso Car Wash. Durliat struck three Tigers batters out over a gutsy 3.2 innings for the Yankees. In addition to Durliat, Board, Garcia and Seiler, the Yankees also saw contributions from second baseman Caleb Boerst, first baseman Raymond Conners, third baseman Ryker Oakman, rightfielder Brandyn Ortner, leftfielder Hunter Ortner and rightfielder Elijah Segura on the night. Manager Jim Durliat’s squad, which was sponsored by Brondes Ford Lincoln of Maumee, was without Brayden Franklin and Stephen Kilpatrick for the contest.
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