By Luke Trese, KnoxPages.com Sports Reporter
MOUNT VERNON - Kiwanis took the hard way to win the 2017 Knox County Babe Ruth League championship. After losing early in the tournament, they had to play seven games in seven days and had to beat Elks twice in order to hoist the hardware.
On Sunday, a high-scoring and hard fought game was on display between Kiwanis and Elks. After two innings the score was 13-10 in favor of Kiwanis. The game went an extra frame, with the final score being 18-19.
Elks started the top of the first with a five run inning with the big 2 RBI hit coming from Brice Dobbs. Power was on full display in the game with two home runs being hit by Chris Mahoney and Ben Williams. R.T. Troyer went 4-5 with two singles and two doubles, being one of the biggest pieces to the championship effort.
Another source of runs was Owen Baughman, although not having any hits he had a perfect on base percentage by being hit by the pitch three times and walked twice, he scored 4 out of the 5 times on base. In the bottom of the seventh inning with one out, after a 3 run inning by Elks, Rene Joris stepped up to the plate with Owen Baughman at third and hit a deep sacrifice fly to center field to score the tying run and sending the game into extra innings.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Lance Matthews dug into the batter's box with bases loaded and one out to work a full count, and smacked the walk-off single into left field winning the game for Kiwanis.
Kiwanis became 2017 Babe Ruth League Champs Sunday at Memorial Park by defeating Elks - KP Photo by Luke Trese