NEWPORT —The Newport Cubs captured their first league title in three years Thursday after Ryan Torres blasted a three-run homer in the second inning that triggered a come-from-behind, 7-4 win over the Sweet Home Huskies.
The arcing shot over the centerfield fence came after conference contender Sweet Home posted two unanswered runs in the first inning. While the lead was short lived —the Huskies tied the game at 4-4 in the third — the Cubs held their momentum with a flawless defense and intimidating fastballs by Jacob Dobmeier.
Meanwhile, gutsy batting and running grabbed the lead for good in the fourth when Tyler Biddinger singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run.
“We never get rattled,” asserted Head Coach Talyor Plesha, who said the team’s goal is to “drive deep” in the upcoming state playoffs.
Newport entered the game after splitting the first two games of the three-game season finale’, 6-7 (l) and 7-4 (w).
The Cub bats were sharpshooters, collecting 13 hits, like the key shot delivered in the turnaround second inning when Traxon Luckini’s ground ball single scored Jacob Riley, putting Newport on the board while Torres contemplated his home run.
Mitchell Johnson slammed an RBI triple in the sixth, then scored two plays later on Riley’s game-sealing line drive to left field.
Cubs senior phenom Dobmeier, who hurls at Major League velocities, was inserted as the pitcher at the last second in what was likely a form of psychological warfare that wilted many in the Huskies lineup. He threw seven innings, allowing five hits and four runs while striking out 14 and walking one.
The last game of the season was a baseball fan’s dream: a sunny afternoon, a U.S. flag snapping in a home-run-lifting breeze and the top two teams in the league battling for the title. For Cubs followers, the dream continues.
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