The Worcester Bravehearts did it, they won back-to-back Futures Collegiate Baseball League Championship titles after defeating the Bristol Blues in exciting fashion during extra innings baseball in Connecticut with help from two UMass Lowell River Hawks, 6-4.
Bristol got out to an early start with a single run in the first inning, but Worcester would take the lead only a few innings later when the Bravehearts scored two runs in the fourth inning. Worcester added two more in the seventh inning, taking a 4-1 lead into the eighth.
The Blues made things interesting when they scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and eventually sending the game into extra innings.
With one out in the 10th innings and the score even at four, Zack Tower (UMass Lowell) tripled, scoring Ian Strom (UMass Lowell) and Alex Sanchez (Galveston College), giving the Bravehearts a 6-4 lead heading into the bottom of the 10th inning. Only three outs away from two straight titles in only their second year in the league.
Bristol picked up a single in the bottom of the 10th, but ended up with three straight outs and the loss on Sunday evening.
This season Tower batted .284 with 31 runs, 14 doubles, 13 home runs (second most in FCBL) and 35 RBI over 48 regular season games. During five playoff games, the infielder batted .304 with three runs, a home run and five RBI. For his efforts on Sunday night, Tower was named FCBL Championship MVP.
Strom was the other River Hawk on the Bravehearts roster. He batted .353 (second highest in FCBL) with 26 runs, 11 doubles, and 10 RBI over 36 regular season games. The outfielder batted .320 with two runs and an RBI over five playoff games for Worcester. Strom was most known for his two Sports Center top-10 diving catches this season (and one last year).
After a 54 regular season schedule and five playoff games the two River Hawks will now rest a bit before starting to get ready for the America East season at UMass Lowell.