In Friday night’s battle for Sonoma Valley Babe Ruth baseball’s National League playoffs title, top-seeded Rotary knew it was facing a team that would be riding the momentum of pulling off a victory obtained in the final inning of its opening round game.
The second-seeded Cubs nipped the third-seeded Lions 9-8 in the last inning Thursday evening at Arnold Field, while the Rotary reached the championship game with a 6-1 win over the fourth-seeded Colts last Tuesday.
Definitely momentum came into play in Friday's final, but the big factor was on the mound, where Max Yankovich pitched a complete game, two-hit gem in leading the Cubs to a 3-0 shutout victory over the Rotary to claim the crown.
The Sonoma Babe Ruth National League champion Cubs – directed by manager Justin Garrett and coaches Marion Alioto and Joe Lunny – consisted of Yankovich, Michael Daly, Maitland Eagle, Trent Garrett, Tyler Garrett, Brendan Hogan, Nazir Lyle, Kole Morgan, John Murray, Andrew Purdom, Sean Sanders and Samuel Zyskowski.
Comprising runner-up Rotary – directed by manager Lonnie Oaks and coaches Gary Garcia and Richie Garcia – were Garrett Anken, Andrew Beatty, Samuel Fannucchi, Carlos Hernandez, Ethan Koler, William Lennon, Matthew Norrbom, Colton Petersen, Mason Pierce, Dylan Samaniego, Asher Sutter and Ethan Vitale.