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Paladins Prime Walk-Off Elite Dawgs In 18U Friendly

Argelio Morejon scores the winning run for the Prime in the bottom of the sixth.

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A long week of baseball left both clubs low on pitching on Saturday, allowing the offenses to feast in the June B 18U Third Place Consolation Game. With time expired and things tied up in the bottom of the sixth, the Paladins Prime delivered the final blows to earn the walk-off, 10-9 victory over the Elite Dawgs. Argelio Morejon scored the winning run thanks to a sac-fly RBI from Austin Koehler. Morejon reached on an error to start the inning and advanced on a sacrifice bunt from Brandon Holifield that brought Koehler to the plate.

Big innings highlighted the action, as both sides used scoring bursts throughout the seesaw affair. Eliminated from trophy contention, the two teams allowed their players opportunities playing different positions. Befitting the scenario, the action ended with two position players on the mound throwing for the first time in a long time, with Prime starting outfielder Kyle Spohn picking up the victory.

Right-hander Noah Chang delivered a solid performance to carry the Dawgs into the sixth inning. Starting catcher Josh Kirouac closed things out to take the loss.

The Dawgs (0-3) got things going with four runs in the top of the first. Daniel McKenna and Max Odze walked, before Odze was erased at second on a fielder’s choice from Kirouac. Chang reached on an error that drove in McKenna and Chris Opitz walked to load the bases. Lex Finkin reached on a fielder’s choice that erased the lead runner at the plate, and Jake Finkin then came through with the first big hit of the day on a two-RBI double to center field.

Eric Brown had an RBI single in the fourth for the Elite Dawgs.

The Prime (1-2) answered back with three runs in the second. Robert Fernandes singled, Spohn reached with a bunt single and Alex Rodriguez stroked a double to left field that drove in both runners. Two batters later Danny Alvarez laced an RBI single past the shortstop to drive in Rodriguez.

The Dawgs were back at it in the fourth. Marino Nunez walked and Darian Ruiz singled to get things going. Eric Brown then delivered an RBI single to right field, before initiating a double-steal play that allowed Ruiz to score on a throwing error. McKenna then supplied a sac-fly RBI that plated Brown.

The Paladins answered back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth that made it a 7-7 ball game. Alex Rodriguez had a double to left, Keanu Jacobs singled to left and Alvarez was hit by a pitch that loaded the bases. Clayton Osgood ripped an RBI single before being erased on an RBI fielder’s choice from Morejon. Brandon Holifield then stroked a two-RBI single that tied it back up.

Darian Ruiz put the Dawgs back in front with a two-RBI single in the fifth that drove in Opitz and Lex Finkin, and Jacobs and Brandon Schrieber had back-to-back RBIs that evened things back up in the bottom of the fifth.

Noah Chang struck out six in five innings for the Dawgs.

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