Terrill Transportation beat Dan Mutch State Farm Insurance 6-4 to claim the city title in the Babe Ruth league championship Thursday at Yamashita Field.
Both teams traded runs in the early innings before Terrill relief pitcher Matt Woltkamp held State Farm scoreless in the final four innings for the win.
"Like in any championship game, both teams came out a little nervous," Terrill coach Tony Oddo said. "But our pitching came through in the end. Woltkamp was great in the last couple of innings."
State Farm (10-2) and Terrill (11-1) split the regular-season series in two close games for each teams' only losses in league play.
They also played in last year's Babe Ruth championship game, but that time State Farm got the victory in extra innings. That made the win for Terrill this season even sweeter.
"There's a lot of good friends on both of these teams and we have had some tough games with these guys," Oddo said. "So it was neat for our five returnees to get the win this time around."
State Farm capitalized on two Terrill errors to jump out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Leadoff batter Jeff McCarty scored on an error and Mike Hutton stole home to get the two runs.
Terrill answered back with a run in the first and second innings to tie the game.
Matt Fuson hit an RBI grounder to score Danny Glover in the first and Justin Mynear banged a double to left field to bring home Alex Terrill in the second inning.
State Farm came right back to take a 4-2 lead in the top of the third inning.
Brian Delgado reached base on a single and was brought home on a single by Hutton.
Hutton then came home a few batters later on a passed ball.
That was the last time State Farm would be in front.
Terrill batted through the order and scored three runs in the bottom of the third to claim a 5-4 lead. The first five batters all reached base and the first three scored.
Glover and Kevin Miles both scored on errors and Fuson came home on a single by Terrill.
Terrill added one more insurance run in the sixth inning when Joe Price scored on a passed ball.
McCarty and Delgado both saw time on the hill for State Farm and Fuson started for Terrill.
"It was a good team effort," Oddo said. "You need to win championships."
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