The SOM Baseball Cougars 10U team won the New Providence Green League Championship on July 28th in a thriller vs. Chatham.
In a game with lots of offense, the Cougars came to bat in the top of the 6th inning trailing 7-4. With their season on the line, the Cougars loaded the bases. Dylan Maguire drew a key walk, cutting the Chatham lead to 2 runs and then, with two outs, Jordan Balmir singled to center field, driving in the 2 runs needed to tie-up the game. Chatham came to bat in the bottom of the 6th inning with the game tied at 7-7. Evan Waller, now pitching for the Cougars, held the opponents scoreless, forcing the game into extra innings.
In the top of the 7th inning, Cougar players Jesse Fryatt and Carter Paganini both singled, followed by an RBI double to center field by Silas Giger and the SOM Cougars went ahead 8-7. Two more doubles, a single and fielders’ choice by Evan Waller, Sam Bastardo, Aidan Heindl and Dylan Maguire extended the Cougars’ lead to 12-7. Chatham came to bat in the bottom of the 7th inning with the top of the order due up. They threatened with a leadoff single, but it wasn’t enough. The South Orange Maplewood Cougars got the last out of the game on a ground out to the shortstop and captured the New Providence Green League Championship!