Fisher Engineer plows past Kiwanis for Oceanside crownChamps too powerful for opponents during regular season and playoffs
Rockland — No ifs, ands or buts about it, Fisher Engineering was the cream of the crop this year in the inaugural season of Oceanside Little League.
And the top overall seed proved it again Saturday morning, June 14 on E. Allen Gordon Field as Fisher faced Kiwanis for the coveted league baseball crown.
Fisher (15-1) pounced on Kiwanis (8-9) early and never trailed en route to an 11-1 win in four innings, which clinched the league championship.
Fisher defeated No. 9 Rotary 12-2, bested No. 5 Elks 7-3 and defeated No. 6 Kiwanis 20-1 to advance to the championship game, while Kiwanis bested No. 3 St. George 10-5 and No. 7 Lions 7-5, lost to No. 1 Fisher 20-1 and defeated No. 5 Elks 12-1 to advance to the championship game.
Had Kiwanis won Saturday, an “if necessary,” winner-take-all final was scheduled for Sunday, June 15.
Team members for Fisher Engineering include Karl Ilvonen, Carson Murphy, Austin Pagano, Cole Stevens, Jude Forti, Logan Putansu, Finnegan Lynch, Hunter Norton, Nick Sherman, Ryan Lewis, Parker Hilchey, Jason Leclerc and Ryker Weaver. The team is coached by John Murphy and Russell Stevens, while the team's bookkeeper is David Putansu.
Team members for Kiwanis includes Ben Ripley, Hunter Yattaw, Kasey Campbell, Bradley Steeves, Aidan Bonzagni, Noah Ames, Max Bonzagni, Brady Wadsworth, Elijah Esancy, Conrad Burke, Ethan Carballo and Derrik Emerson. The team is coached by Parker Wadsworth and Bob Wadsworth, while the team's bookkeeper is Will Bonzagni.
Leading the newly-crowned league champs at the plate Saturday were Lynch (single, 2 runs), Murphy (2 doubles, 3 runs, 3 RBIs), Ilvonen (2 runs), Forti (3 runs), Stevens (run) and Pagano (2 singles, 2 RBIs, run).
For Kiwanis, Campbell (double), Ames (single, RBI) and Wadsworth (run) paced the offense.
Forti worked 3 2/3 innings on the hill for Fisher, allowing two hits and three walks, with nine strikeouts. Stevens went the final 1/3 of an inning and faced two batters as he walked one and struck out the final batter of the game.
Fisher coach John Murphy said Stevens was the team's pitching ace much of the season, but fractured his elbow “about three weeks ago.” He was medically cleared to pitch Friday and the coach put him in, fittingly, to close out Saturday's title game.
Ames and Campbell pitched for Kiwanis, allowing five hits and eight walks, with four strikeouts.
Lynch drew a walk to start the game for Fisher and after being moved to second by Ilvonen, Murphy blasted an RBI-double tp plate Lynch and put the top seeded squad ahead 1-0. Stevens then plated Murphy with an RBI-groundout, while Forti also came in on the play on an error.
Pagano singled later in the inning and scored on another Kiwanis fielding miscue.
Fisher was far from done offensively as the powerful team plated four more in the second inning as Murphy rapped an RBI-double and later crossed the plate on an error, while Forti and Pagano later scored on a pair of wild pitches to put Fisher ahead 8-0.
Kiwanis broke into the scoring column in the third when Wadsworth drew a walk and was later singled home by Ames, but Fisher struck three more times in the bottom of the stanza as Lynch scored on a fielder's choice followed by a two-run single by Pagano.
Pagano's single went off the pitcher and into left field, which put Fisher in front by 10 runs.
Kiwanis had runners at the corners and were in position to extend the game to another inning, but Stevens shut the door on the hill for Fisher.
The previous playoff results included: No. 9 Rotary beat No. 8 KDK 8-2, No. 5 Elks beat No. 4 Touch of Glass 9-6, No. 7 Lions beat No. 2 Ravens 4-3 and No. 5 Elks beat No. 7 Lions 12-7.
The regular-season standings included: Fisher Engineering 11-1, Ravens 9-3, St. George 8-4, Touch of Glass 6-6, Elks 5-7, Kiwanis 5-7, Lions 4-8, KDK 3-9 and Rotary 3-9.