In the 19th Annual Al Leonard Jimmy Fund Tournament, Newtown's 9s battled Danbury and New Milford in pursuit of the title.
Newtown Renegades 3, Danbury 2
The Newtown Renegades came from behind in extra innings to defeat Danbury in the winner's bracket final of the 19th Annual Al Leonard Jimmy Fund Tournament in Bethel. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of th 6th inning, Dillon Robinson led off with a single to right field. CJ Giacin advanced Robinson to second in the next at-bat. With 2 outs, Will Swift slashed a double to center to score Robinson, tying the game at 1. In the top of the 7th inning, Danbury scratched out another run to claim a 2-1 lead. Leading off the bottom of the 7th inning, Joey Rios hammered a home run over the right center field fence to tie the game at 2. John Godino walked in the next at-bat. Matt Bradbury stepped to the plate 2 batters later and drove in the winning run. On the mound, Godino and Josh Taylor combined to hold Danbury to 2 runs on 1 hit, striking out 14.
New Milford 13, Newtown Renegades 0
After a week off due to rain and scheduling issues, the Renegades matched up with New Milford in the finals of the 19th Annual Al Leonard Jimmy Fund Tournament in Bethel. New Milford jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the 1st inning and never looked back beating the Renegades 13-0. New Milford's strong pitching held the Renegades to 1 hit, a double from Shaine Luzietti. The win forced a second game in the double elimination tournament.
New Milford 1, Newtown Renegades 0
The second and final game for the 9-year-old title was a classic pitchers duel with only one run and one hit recorded in the books. Joey Rios started for the Renegades on the mound. He battled for 4 innings holding New Milford to 1 run on no hits with 8 strikeouts. A lead-off triple by Josh Taylor in the top of the 6th inning gave the Renegades hope that another comeback was in the making. With the tying run on 3rd base, New Milford's closer struck out the next 3 Renegades to end the game and give New Milford the championship.