Dr Pepper nearly pulled off a huge upset in the Centertown junior league Tuesday night, taking No. 2 seed RRP down to the wire before falling by one run.
In the championship, RRP got to play the role of spoiler.
Just nights after surviving a 24-23 barnburner, RRP unseated previously undefeated Holder Realty in the championship game, winning 12-7 to hoist the hardware in the Centertown junior league.
Brayden Watson and Jayden Baxter led the charge offensively with three hits apiece as RRP was able to hand Holder Realty its first loss after 11 straight victories.
RRP, 8-2 in the regular season, built a 12-1 advantage through four innings, then held on as Holder Realty made its charge.
The unbeaten bunch wasn’t going to go down without a fight. Holder Realty came out swinging after falling behind by double digits, getting hits from Jace Taylor, Wyatt Brewer, Hayden Hale and Jaxon Grissom.
Paige Sweeton came through with the biggest hit in the frame, crushing a two-out, two-run triple deep to left field bring the deficit down to 12-5.
The offensive explosion seemed to energize Holder Realty, which quickly retired RRP in the fifth to get back to bat hoping to continue its comeback.
Emma Miller and Dalton Hartl helped the offense by getting hits and scoring, but RRP was able to slow the attack by catching Bishamon Bowhall trying to take third after a double for the second out.
Ethan Roach did the honors to close the game, fielding a come-backer to the rubber and rushing to first to record the final out.
The celebration kicked off, with the chorus of “Who are we? RRP!” ringing through the air.
Asthon Martin, Allison Sweatman, Brady Baxter and Jack Steagall had two hits apiece in the victory for RRP. Roach, Brittany Wilkinson, Braiden Hurst, Anslee Steakley and Zachary Perry added one hit each.
Dalton, Emma Miller Regan Grissom and Liberty Simmons al added hits in the loss for Holder Realty.