Rhinelander Green Babe Ruth Sr. League champs
Photos by Bob Mainhardt
The Babe Ruth Senior League championship game was held July 17 at Stafford Field, with two teams from Rhinelander pitted against each other in the final game.
Laser Pros International was looking to keep their record clean having won all the games they had played up to that evening. Green was looking to avenge their two losses to Laser Pros during the regular season, an early 3-2 loss and later in the season they were on the wrong end of a 12-1 mercy rule loss.
This game would turn out to be a close one with Rhinelander Green pulling the upset and defeating Laser Pros 4-3. Laser Pros lost the coin toss to begin the game and were the visitors. In the top of the first inning Laser Pros was off to a good start scoring two runs and holding that advantage until the fourth inning when Green would knot the score at two apiece.
In the top of the sixth Laser Pros plated a run to take a 3-2 lead but the Green team would answer right back and score two of their own in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-3 lead going into the top of the seventh. Ryan Jamison came in to pitch in the top of the seventh to try and get the save and the championship for the Green team. Jamison did just that setting Laser Pros down in order for the win.