by Dave Warner

The Little Falls Babe Ruth team won their league championship game Sunday night in a 7-6 thriller than didn’t end until after 10 o’clock.

According to Coach Keith Chrisman, “These kids are a very resilient group and they were down 2-0 right off the bat and then they came back and did their thing. We came back in the top of the second and got six runs. It was 6-5 going into the third inning.”

Chrisman made a pitching change going from Chase Regan to Brayton Langdon. “Brayton pitched five innings and gave up one run and struck out nine batters. He pitched out of a few jams and some very intense moments, but he did an excellent job.”

The Coach said that everyone was feeling amazing. “These kids have worked so hard and the coaches throughout the whole summer, and now they see that their hard work paid off. Hopefully, they’ll continue on in a winning fashion throughout their baseball careers.”

Ilion has a great team, and Chrisman wanted to acknowledge that and the coaching staff. “Those kids are going to be amazing when they’re in 11 and 12th grade,” he said.

All the Coach has left to do this season, is get their name engraved on the large trophy that they’ll be able to display for a year. He said, “It was a great day. I’d like to thank the City for letting us use Vets Field, and the ground crew for getting the field ready all the time.”

“The tremendous outpouring of fans at a Babe Ruth game was really stunning to see… all those people in the stands for both teams. As the night went on, the crowd continued to grow. That added a bit of an incentive for us to win,” he said.

Some Little League players who had had a tournament in Herkimer showed up late to the game as well. “They got a good chance to see what it’s like to win something like this,” said Chrisman.

The MVBUA league is made up of 13-15-year-old boys and there are 12 teams in the league. They play an 11 game schedule. The Little Falls team was coached by Keith Chrisman, Cooper Busch, and Sean Regan.