Randy’s Repair may have dominated the Morrison junior league regular season, but Quick Shop walked away with the tournament title.
Quick Shop defeated the tournament’s top seed twice, including 13-11 in Friday’s championship game.
Dawson Waldron finished with a team-high four hits in the title game, where Quick Shop was able to protect a two-run lead over the final three innings to take down the team that ran through the regular season unbeaten.
“The game was how we figured it would be,” said Quick Shop coach Glen Hall. “We only played them once in the season. We knew if we had our team there and played how we needed to, we could get it done.
“I’m tickled to death. We lost three games in the season, but I knew what we could be. It took all seven innings to get it done.”
Dakota Certain, who started the game pitching, got to make the game-winning play.
Randy’s Repair brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh with two outs following a double by Sterling Brown. Thomas Myers, who had three hits, hit a long shot deep into left field.
Certain was able to settle under the ball and make the final catch, leading to a big celebration.
It was a tough loss for the season champs, but one Randy’s Repair took in stride.
“We played with a lot of pride and character,” Randy’s Repair coach Randy Musgrove told his team following the game.
Quick Shop scored all its runs in the first four innings, helping overcome an eight-run second inning by Randy’s Repair. Lead-off hitter Ethan Hall helped the cause with two hits, while Waldron also reached three times during the span.
Quick Shop was able to hold its lead late with solid defense. Hall made several plays at pitcher, including a back-handed, lunging grab in the seventh. Savanna Leonard and Halie Leonard also made tough plays on fly balls in the sixth before Certain made the final play.
Following the game, Leonard and Jayden McCoy, who had a team-high three hits for Randy’s Repair in the championship, were named the Director’s Choice top players in the league.