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Howland Pump ends Ogdensburg Pepsi unbeaten season in Kiwanis Playoff Finals

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Howland Pump came in as the No. 3 seed and exited as the 2013 Kiwanis Grasshopper Playoff Champions after scoring an 8-2 decision over previously unbeaten and No. 1 seed Pepsi on Monday at the Russ McDonald Field of the Cliff Montroy Sports Complex.

“What a great effort by both teams tonight,” said Howland Pump coach Chris Fitzgerald.

“Several of our players were new to baseball this season and we had to teach them everything. I just can’t say enough how this team improved since our first game.”

I’ve never been on a championship team in the 30 years of playing youth sports and even playing adult sports. We’ve always had a great group to play with and we had fun doing it. This team made it really fun and I’ve enjoyed every minute. And winning was gravy. They are just a special group,” said Fitzgerald after presenting medals and sharing several hugs in congratulating his team.

“Tonight, Howland Pump was the better team. They made some great plays all night. We had a great season no matter what,” said Pepsi Coach Joe Brenno,

Jackson Troiano and Hayden Ives combined to strike out 12 batters in a one walk, four hitter outduelling Ethan Baldwin (4 strikeouts, and Connor Griffith (2 strikeouts).

Howland Pump scored twice in the first inn ing, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Ogdensburg Pepsi scored twice in the third - all with two outs. Mitchell Brenno lined a single and scored on a Ethan Baldwin double. Baldwin tripled in the second inning and was stranded and Brenno doubled in the fifth but was tagged out at thirdbase by Tristen Fitzgerald while attempting to stretch the ball into a triple.

For Howland Pump in the first inning, Jacob Sharpe singled and scored on a Tristen Fitzgerald single after Jackson Troiano walked with one out. Alex Barrett plated Troiano with a single.

In the third, Chris Garcia playing a strong firstbase and carrying a loaded bat throughout the playoffs, singled and scored when Owen Warchol singled and Zach Thomas singled.

Howland Pump scored twice in the fifth when Hayden Ives led off with a single, Troiano was hit by a pitch and Alex Barrett singled in a run. Jake Warchol drove in Troiano on a fielders choice.

Ives and Troiano singled and scored in the sixth with Fitzgerald adding an RBI single.

The Kiwanis Baseball-Softball program had just over 500 participants this season.

“We had a great year this season from Tee-Ball to the Senior Grasshopper League. Both teams should be very proud to be here tonight. It was a great game. You’ve learned to win, lose and most importantly learned sportsmanship and I hope you had fun,” said Youth Baseball and Softball Director Larry Mitchell for the Kiwanis Club.

“I just want to thank every coach for donating their time. And especially John Free for his willness to umpire for the last three weeks when our program struggled to get umpiries to show up,” said Mitchell.

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