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First National wins Babe Ruth tourney championship
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Bradley Stewart made the boys 13-15 Babe Ruth tournament championship game his own personal showcase.Stewart struck out 10 batters over seven innings and added four hits to power First National Bank to a tournament title with a 9-2 victory over Sun Drop.Stewart earned the start in the championship game and showed why he was the right choice.Using a side-arm delivery and an effective mix of pitches, Stewart silenced the Sun Drop bats from the outset.Sun Drop didn’t score a run off Stewart until the sixth inning, when First National Bank had already taken a 7-0 lead.Jake Driver got things started for First National Bank in the first inning. Driver led off the bottom of the first with a single, then came around to score on a double by Stewart to make it 1-0.Stewart continued to help his cause when his bases-loaded single in the second brought around two more runs, giving First National Bank a 3-0 lead going into the third.Neither team scored in the next two innings as A.D. Majors retired First National Bank in order. Stewart did the same to Sun Drop, which managed only two hits through five innings.First National Bank put the game away in the fifth inning.