|Fulton title bid derailed |
|Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:03 pm |
|It took much longer than expected, but the KIT League finally crowned a regular season champion on Tuesday evening. |
The Tradewater Pirates defeated the Fulton Railrroaders 6-5 in 12 innings to claim the league’s championship.
The game was a one-game playoff to determine the league’s regular season kingpin and the No. 1 seed for the league playoffs, which begin tonight.
The Railroaders started the game with a four-run outburst in the first inning on Tuesday.
However, the Pirates weathered the early storm and chipped away at the Railroaders’ lead with a run in both the fourth and six innings.
Tradewater added two more in the eighth to knot the game up at 4.
The contest would stay tied until the 12th inning.
Fulton scored first in the visitors’ half of that frame to take a 5-4 advantage.
In the home portion of the canto, the Pirates tied the game when Justin Juneau tripled in Tyler Duplantis, who singled to lead off the inning.
With one out, Phil Double dropped down a bunt single to plate Juneau for the championship-clinching and game-ending Tradewater tally.
Both teams continue play this evening as the KIT League playoffs get under way.
The Railroaders travel to the Owensboro Oilers for the first game of the league’s best-of-three semifinal series.
Meanwhile, the Pirates play at the Marion Bobcats in Game 1 of the other semifinal set.
Fulton and Tradewater have hosting rights for the second and third games of the semis — scheduled for Thursday and Friday, if necessary.
The league’s championship series is set to begin on Saturday.