It came down to the final night in Babe Ruth 8U softball last night at Lions Park, matching first-place Fuemmeler Furniture Refinishings against No. 2 Caterpillar.
Although Caterpillar won the last meeting between the two teams, FFR had their number last night while breaking a 5-5 tie with four runs in the top-half of the sixth for a 9-6 victory.
In the early game, Custom Weatherproofing defeated Phillip Imhoff Construction by a score of 4-3.
FFR, who closed out the season at 13-2, opened the game with two runs in the top-half of the first only to have Caterpillar rally back with three in the bottom-half of the inning to go up 3-2. Meanwhile, after two scoreless innings, FFR again sent three runs across in the top-half of the fourth to regain the lead at 5-3. But even that was short-lived as Caterpillar rattled the bats in the bottom-half of the fifth by sending two runs across to tie the game at 5-all.
Unfortunately for Caterpillar, they never got any closer in the ballgame as FFR plated four more runs in the sixth for the victory.
Lexi Maddex led the hitting attack in the game for FFR with two singles and one double. Zoey Lang and Molly Amos each had three singles while Abby Fuemmeler and Addi Brownfield added one single and one double each, Lillian Rohrbach with two singles and Breaunna Hazlett, Alexis Schnetzler and Hailey James with one single apiece.
For Caterpillar, who closed out the season at 11-4 overall, Alexis Albin had two singles and one double while Olivia Eichelberger, Madison Henderson and Kylee Johnson added three singles each, Jocelyn Dalton with one single and one double and Bridgette Lutz and Alexis Trigg with one single each.
In the first game, Custom Weatherproofing led PIC from the first inning on while pushing across one run in each of the first and fourth innings of play and two again in the fifth to go up 4-0. Meanwhile, in the top-half of the sixth, PIC rallied back with three runs only to lose by one.
Faith Mesik had three singles to lead all hitters in the game for CWP. Emma West finished the game with a single and a double while Rachel Massa, Jordyn Fuemmeler and Kaitlyn Divine added two singles each, Skyler Andrews with one double and Abby Pannell with one single.
For PIC, who closed out the season at 1-14 overall, Brooke Eichelberger had one single and one home run in the game while Alexis Davis, Molly Schuster and Chloe Burns added one single.