Register Staff Report
The Legal Shield Blue Jays needed a win Tuesday over the Shades of Color Mets to force a second winner-take-all playoff game to decide the champion of the Richmond Little League Coach Pitch division.
And the Jays got just that with a come-from-behind 10-3 victory over the Mets to set up the deciding contest.
But in the second game of the night, it was the Mets who staged a late game rally to claim the league title in dramatic fashion with a 9-8, last inning, victory over the Blue Jays.
The two teams, which split the season series 2-2, battled each other tooth and nail all game long.
The Mets jumped ahead 4-3 in the first inning, only to see the Blue Jays take the lead at 6-4 in the second inning.
The Mets broke a 6-6 tie to take a 7-6 lead. But once again the Blue Jays bounced back and retook the lead at 8-7 after four innings.
But as they had done all night, the Mets refused to stay down and pushed two runs across the plate in their last at-bat to retake the lead at 9-8.
They then held the Blue Jays scoreless in the bottom of the inning to hold on for the win and the league championship.
In the first game of the night, the Mets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Blue Jays came storming back with two runs of their own to tie it at 2-2 after one inning.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the third inning when the Blue Jays broke the game open bringing six runs across the plate to extend their lead to 8-2.
The Jays added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth when they scored two mor runs to go up 10-2.
The Mets refused to go down without a fight thought and pushed one run across the plate in the top of the fifth to cut the lead to 10-3, but that was as close as they could get.
The Blue Jays’ win forced the two teams to play a second game to crown a champion.