Twice the Ice and Moose Lodge have been on a championship collision course since play began at Sam Martin Field this spring. They’ll battle for the boys 9-10 league title Friday night.
The league’s top teams earned their spots in the championship Tuesday. Moose Lodge topped Homeland Bank 15-3, while Twice the Ice downed Brent’s Computers 11-6.
Moose Lodge ran into some early trouble against Homeland Bank before bouncing back in a big way.
Obediah Hayes helped Homeland Bank jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first, hitting a sky-high fly ball behind second base that three Moose Lodge players lost in the sun. It allowed Owen McGee and Grayson Todd, who each reached on walks, to score.
Hayes would make it 3-0 shortly after by scoring on an overthrow at third base.
Moose Lodge calmly responded with seven runs in the bottom of the first, showing patience at the plate and aggressive base running to take the lead for good.
Preston McAbee had a two-run single during the charge, while five free passes and multiple steals of home made it 7-3.
Moose Lodge picked up its hitting in the second, getting an RBI double from Keagan Thompson and run-scoring triple from Zach Seibers as the lead swelled to 13-3.
Thompson added a two-run double in the third before time was called and Moose Lodge took its spot in the finals.
Korbin Harris and Thompson each pitched in the victory for Moose Lodge, combining to strike out nine.
It took just 15 minutes for Twice the Ice to punch its ticket. In a game delayed from the week before because of bad weather, Twice the Ice only needed to record three outs before the time limit ended play.
Twice the Ice built its lead Friday on hits by Adrian Harris (two RBI doubles), Jon Brock and Trace Ashford.
The championship game is tentatively set to begin at 7 p.m. at Sam Martin Field Friday. The game time was pushed back to avoid the setting sun, which often is directly in all defenders line of sight between 5-7 p.m.