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Chiefs Rally To Victory In 16U Summer Champions Finale

The HSBN Boys of Summer 16U Summer Champion Chiefs.

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The final action of the 2018 HSBN Boys of Summer tournament series gave fans a game to remember. The rematch between the June A 16U finalist Chiefs and Primetime provided excitement from start to finish, as both sides battled back and forth for control. Two runs in the top of the seventh provided the difference, as the Chiefs rallied from an early hole to come back with a 10-9 victory, earning the Summer Champions trophy.

As momentum shifted from dugout to dugout all night long, the top of the seventh brought a tie score and the middle of the Chiefs’ order coming to the plate. Keanu Siracusa got things going with a single to center, and then advanced into scoring position thanks to a sacrifice bunt from Demi Rivard. Angel Gonzalez then reached on an error that allowed Siracusa to score and give the Chiefs the lead. Matt Meyl followed with his second hit of the night, an RBI single that drove in Gonzalez with the winning run.

After coming on in relief and posting the only scoreless inning against Primetime, Isaiah Farris returned to the hill in the seventh now in line for the victory. But it did not come easy. Jameson Carroll smacked a base hit to center field leading off the inning, advanced after Gabriel Vargas reached on an error and then scored thanks to a sac-fly RBI from Rafael Ferrer. With the go-ahead run at the plate, the Chiefs (3-1) hauled in a liner and turned a double play to close out the contest.

Primetime catcher Rafael Ferrer comes up with a diving catch on a foul pop in the sixth inning.

Primetime (2-1) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings. Chris Fernandez walked and both Diego Garcia and Carroll reached on errors that scored all three players in the first. Joseph Fernandez walked, advanced on a sac bunt from Bryan Vera and then scored on a throwing error.

Even after the Chiefs answered with unearned runs scored by Lucas Santiago, Farris and Michael Higgins in the third, Primetime responded with another run to keep in the lead. Ferrer singled, moved to second on a passed ball and then came in on an RBI single from Anthony Lopez.

The Chiefs came right back swinging and took their first lead with four runs in the fourth. Rivard, Gonzalez and Meyl all singled to fill the bases, before a passed ball brought the first run of the frame in. Farris reached on an error that scored two more and Brice Montiel followed by connecting for an RBI double to right that made it a 7-5 lead for the Chiefs.

Primetime wasted no time in evening things up in the bottom of the fourth. Vera walked and Chris Fernandez singled to put ducks on the pond. Garcia supplied an RBI ground out, and a passed ball then made it a tie ball game again.

Both sides exchanged runs in the fifth to keep things close and exciting. Rivard walked and scored for the Chiefs, while Ferrer walked and scored for Primetime.

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