Nicholas Lucas and Nolan Smith both threw three innings for CBA. Johnny Phelan and Noah Linder each had two hits and Adam Kerfoot drew a walk to load the bases in the bottom of the sixth, setting the stage for Noriega.
Hobie clinches first in Majors
Hobie faced VFW in a critical game Friday and clinched first place with a 13-5 victory at Riddle Field.
Both teams had their ace pitchers on the mound to start the game. Zack Washer started for VFW and Jack Loechner pitched for Hobie. Washer tamed Hobie in the top of the first with three consecutive strikeouts. In the bottom half of the frame, VFW's James Langton singled and John Langton hit a home run to left field. Will Ross and Washer both then singled and Ross went on to score on a passed ball to make it 3-0.
Hobie came storming back in the second inning using five straight hits to tie the score. Loechner singled off the wall in center field, Lance Stewart and Kyle McCombs both singled, and both Thomas Garcia and Will Lichtenstein doubled, which led to three runs and a 3-3 game. With one out in the inning, Kent Cebreros hit a clutch single to right field to score Garcia and Lichtenstein to give Hobie its first lead at 5-3. Loechner went on to strike out the side in the bottom of the second.
Hobie put up another run in the top of the third when Grady Morgan hit a lead-off single, Jack Wills singled and with two out, Stewart singled in Morgan to make it 6-3. Ross took the mound for VFW in the fourth, an inning where Hobie scored two more runs. McCombs and Garcia both singled before Lichtenstein doubled, bringing home both runners.