On Saturday June 20 the National League Champion Tigers defeated the American League Champion Rockingstone Advisors 2-1 in the third and deciding game of the championship series to become the 2009 Larchmont Mamaroneck Little League Majors Division Champions.
The Tigers, who finished the year with a 17-3 record, won the first game of the series on Wednesday June 17, by a score of 2-0. Sam Bauman pitched into the 5th inning without giving up a run. Corey Eisenband came into the game in the 5th inning with two men in scoring position and only one out. He got a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning. He then pitched a scoreless 6th inning to complete the shutout. Max Ellis and Corey Malkin had RBI singles for the Tigers. Corey Eisenband and Robert Rust scored the Tigers’ runs.
On Friday June 19th, Rockingstone Advisors evened the series with a 3-0 victory. Billy Flatow and Reed Connor combined to pitch the shutout for Rockingstone, which got 2 RBI from Alex Diacovo and one from Stephen Connor. Fabio Riso, Stephen Connor, and Steven Goldsmith scored the runs for Rockingstone.
With the pressure on in the final game of the series, Sam Bauman pitched a gem by going most of the way through the 5th inning, striking out 10 and allowing only one run. The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning on a Max Ellis RBI double that scored Corey Eisenband. Rockingstone came back in the second inning to scratch out a run and tie the game. Corey Eisenband led off the 4th inning for the Tigers with a double. It looked like Rockingstone was going to get out of the jam, but with 2 outs, James Levinson smashed an RBI single to left field to score Sam Bauman with what would prove to be the winning run.
Pitch count limitations forced Sam Bauman’s removal in the fifth, but reliever Max Ellis notched a strikeout for the final out of the inning. With the Tigers clinging to a one run lead, Corey Eisenband came in and pitched a scoreless 6th inning to seal the series for the Tigers. Tiger Michael Carilli made several great plays at second base throughout the Series including fielding the final out.
Tiger co-coach Michael Eisenband said: ”I’m really proud of our boys. You simply couldn’t ask for a more exciting championship series. Rockingstone proved to be a fantastic opponent.”
,”This Series had everything: great pitching, great fielding and clutch hitting, ” added Tiger co-coach Andrew Bauman. “The final game was a classic that the boys won’t soon forget.”