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First National wins Babe Ruth championship
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First National Bank pulled off a sweep of the two titles in the boys 13-15-year-old Babe Ruth league on Thursday. First National, the regular-season champion, defeated Rotary Club 6-5 to claim the tournament title on Edley Newman Field.Chase Hillis brought in the game-winning run with a sacrifice in the fifth inning and Dustyn Kilgore battled out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to pick up a crucial save in the championship.Rotary Club picked up an early 3-0 lead with a run in the first, second and fourth innings, but First National Bank used a five-run fourth to move out front.Hillis’ sacrifice to bring in Charles Calvert in the fifth made it 6-3, but Rotary Club closed to within one in the sixth after Ethan Fliss stole home on a passed ball and Adrian Lusk knocked in a run with a single.Everything rested on the arm of Kilgore in the top of the seventh. Trying to protect a one-run lead, Kilgore quickly picked up two outs to begin the seventh inning.A two-out walk to Brayden Neal gave Rotary new life.