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McMinnville Funeral Home tops Auto World for championship
McMinnville Funeral Home champs
Pictured is McMinnville Funeral Home, which went undefeated winning first in the season and tournament at Morrison for the Youth League. Pictured, front row from left, are Elijah Wanamaker, Kennedy Ramsey, Micah Fleming, and Willow Kennerly. Back row, Krista Fleming, Gracey Torres, Harmoni Kennerly, Chloe Wanamaker, coach Chris Wanamaker, Elijah Farless, Kristopher Robledo, and Donnoven Wellman. Pictured in the very back is coach Keith Fleming.

There were not many close calls during championship night at Morrison Ruritan Ball Park, including the Youth League as McMinnville Funeral Home drove over Auto World, 24-9. 

McMinnville Funeral Home pulled ahead by 3 runs in the first inning, but both teams still had a lot of life left.

The second inning proved to be very competitive as both teams scored 5 runs, including a home run by Auto World’s Peyton Rucker. This is roughly where Auto World ran out of gas.

In the third, McMinnville Funeral Home laid the outcome to rest by scoring 9 runs before the first out. This includes Kristopher Robledo of McMinnville Funeral Home matching Rucker’s feat with a home run of his own.

Auto World had a chance to catch up in the bottom of the third, but when it was their time to shine, they got three outs without scoring. This allowed McMinnville Funeral Home to win first place in the Youth League championship going undefeated through the season and the tournament.

Kristopher Robledo and Harmoni Kennerly both won Director’s Choice awards for their team.

Harmoni and Willow Kennerly both played in two championship games as they played together for McMinnville Funeral Home, Willow played for Donald Hillis Realty, and Harmoni played for High Funeral Home. Both also took home Director’s Choice awards.