Rotary rallied from an early one-run deficit to storm past Hobie,
8-2, in Majors Division play at Laguna Beach Little League's Riddle
The comeback victory was aided by the pitching of Raphael Vickers,
Chris Lavery and Michael Hyden, plus the hitting of Lavery, Hyden,
Michael Rubel and Michael Maxsenti.
Rotary took a 1-0 first inning lead as Maxsenti's single scored
Hobie, however, came back to forge a 2-1 lead, using an Austin
Hillemann double, walk to Keaton Jones, Cole Kennedy reaching base on
an error and Charlie Jackson executing a perfect bunt single.
But Rotary retaliated in the bottom-half of the second to take a
Hyden began things with a single and Brett Linkletter reached base
on an error. Drew Wheeler singled and Alex Wheeler, Michael Niebuhr
and Sammy Witte each reached base on a walk, and Sawyer Pierce
reached base on a fielder's choice before Rubel singled.
With Hyden, Wheeler, Niebuhr and Pierce scoring, Rotary retook the
lead for good.
Vickers proceeded to sent Hobie down in order in the third inning
and finished his three innings of work by yielding just two hits with
In the bottom of the third, Vickers and Hyden reached base and
scored to stretch Hobie's lead to 7-2.
Chris Lavery pitched the fourth and fifth innings for Rotary and
only gave up a bunt single to Jackson Christy.
In the fifth, Lavery doubled off the left field fence and later
scored on Maxsenti's line drive single to extend the advantage to
Hyden pitched a scoreless sixth inning to secure the victory.
Rotary was led defensively by Hyden, Niebuhr, Rubel, Maxsenti and
Hobie's Eli Viszolay and Alek Loechner combined to strike out six
and the pitching duo was backed by the defensive efforts of Rex
Strombotne, Tyler Pierce and Charlie Jackson.