Bombergers tops SEI Catering 9-7 to claim WLL’s Major Division title

By on June 11, 2014
Members of Warwick Little League's Major Division-winning Bombergers team are all smiles after defeating SEI Catering 9-7 for the title last Sunday. Pictured are (first row, left to right) Jimmy McGarrigle, Ben Schweigert, David Woolley, Jack Evans and Austin Bufis; (second row, l-r) Dylan Hall, Ethan Christi, Marc Class, Matt Woolley and Jeremiah High; (third row, l-r) Daegan Vazquez and Jeremy Bell; (fourth row, l-r) coaches Steve Bell, Bill Christi (manager), Jeff High, Jeff Class and Dan Woolley.

Members of Warwick Little League’s Major Division-winning Bombergers team are all smiles after defeating SEI Catering 9-7 for the title last Sunday. Pictured are (first row, left to right) Jimmy McGarrigle, Ben Schweigert, David Woolley, Jack Evans and Austin Bufis; (second row, l-r) Dylan Hall, Ethan Christi, Marc Class, Matt Woolley and Jeremiah High; (third row, l-r) Daegan Vazquez and Jeremy Bell; (fourth row, l-r) coaches Steve Bell, Bill Christi (manager), Jeff High, Jeff Class and Dan Woolley.

In a seesaw battle that was halted in the bottom of the sixth as strong thunderstorms arrived, Bombergers (Team Christi) held on for a 9-7 victory over SEI Catering (Team Horst) to capture Warwick Little League’s Major Division championship last Sunday. With the victory, Bombergers completed a perfect 16-0 season.

The scoring started early for Bombergers with Jeremy Bell’s two-out, two-run single in the first bringing home Austin Bufis and Ethan Christi.

SEI Catering struck back in the bottom of the frame with a long two-run homer from Matt Seibert which also plated Chase Horst. They added a third run off Bombergers starter Matt Woolley before he struck out five in a row through the bottom of the second inning.

By then, Bombergers had plated two more to retake a 4-3 lead, thanks to a bottom of the order rally that included three walks and a base hit by Daegan Vazquez. The lead was extended to 5-3 in the third inning as Christi led off the frame with a base hit and scored on Woolley’s RBI double. Both Woolley and Bell were then nabbed on the bases as SEI Catering executed its defense well.

In the bottom of the third, the SEI Catering turned its lineup over against Bombergers’ pitcher David Woolley and produced two runs on three straight hits to tie the game at 5-5.

The bottom of the order again rallied for Bombergers in the top of the fourth, enabling them regain the lead, 8-5. Ben Schweigert delivered a key blow with his infield hit with the bases loaded, driving in a run and bringing up David Woolley, who stroked a two-run single. Bombergers added one more in the fifth as Jeremiah High took first on a dropped third strike and came across on Woolley’s triple to the fence.

Bombergers then turned to closer Christi in the bottom of the fifth as the rains arrived. Christi induced a string of ground balls, but Seibert’s got through and another was thrown away. With the conditions deteriorating, there was a dropped strike, as SEI Catering went on to score two runs. The Bomberger team’s defense regrouped, however, and kept the damage to 9-7.

Not able to solve Chase Horst’s change of speeds in the top of the sixth, Bombergers came back for the bottom to protect their slim lead but were pulled off the field again as lightning struck and the storm intensified.

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