DuBois repeats with Fed League championship
DUBOIS — The Rossiter Miners defeated the DuBois Rockets Saturday night to force a fifth game in the championship series of the Federation League, but DuBois won the fifth and championship-clinching game, 6-4, Sunday in Dubois to claim the title.
Rossiter took an early 2-0 lead with two runs in the top of the second without recording a hit thanks to one walk by DuBois pitcher Ben McGary and three errors by DuBois' defense.
Miners' starting pitcher Tommy Bush faced only one batter more than the minimum through three innings, but DuBois jumped on him in the fourth.
Jon Kemmer led off with a double and scored on a triple by Sean Zimmerman.
Joe Chittester and Kasey Clinton walked, and both scored on a two-RBI single by Sean Sleigh that seemed to take the wind out of Rossiter's sails.
Rossiter managed to score one in the top of the fifth when Matt Gourley, who was 3-for-4, doubled to right center, moved to third on a single by Christian Muth and scored, as DuBois' shortstop couldn't handle a grounder by Jordan Mesoraco.
The Rockets answered back with two more runs off relief pitcher Muth in the top of the sixth, though, and McGary managed to hold off a seventh inning rally by Rossiter to close the game out and earn the win.
By clinching the title, DuBois will now enter next season as the two-time defending Federation League champion.
"I want to congratulate Brad and DuBois' team," Rossiter manager Rick Matthews said after the game. "I mean, that's a heck of a team over there. They just hit the ball really well, and Ben McGary's a great pitcher. We had a good season, though. I'm really proud of my team."
Rossiter had cruised to a 17-5 win in six innings in Game 4 of the series Saturday evening in Rossiter to avoid being swept and force Sunday's Game 5.
DuBois jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of Saturday's game on an RBI double by Jon Kemmer and an RBI single by Sean Zimmerman.
Rossiter scored six runs in the first inning by way of a Gourley grand slam and a two-run homer by Bush.
Jacob Stumpf led off the inning with a single, and Pete Meterko and Tyler Skerkavich followed with walks to load the bases for Gourley's blast.
The No. 5 hitter, Muth, was hit by a pitch, and Bush followed with his home run.
The Miners added another run in the bottom of the second when Stumpf reached on an error and lated scored on an RBI groundout by Muth pushing Rossiter's lead to 7-2.
DuBois closed the gap with two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth, making the score 7-5 after 4 1/2-innings, but Rossiter added four of its own in the bottom of the fifth and was on cruise-control from that point forward.
Muth reached base on a fielder's choice, and Dakota Bish singled putting two men on base for Rossiter.
Muth scored on an RBI single by Nick Pascuzzo, and Bish and Pascuzzo both scored on a two-out RBI single by Austin Furman.
Furman scored on an error by the shortstop on an attempted pick-off play, giving Rossiter an 11-5 lead.
Rossiter added six runs on just one hit in the bottom of the sixth to end the game via the 12-run rule.