WILTON, Conn. - Will Jarvie hit a two-out, go-ahead, RBI single in the top of the sixth to provide all the offense the My Way Auto Body River Bandits would need to win the Wilton Single-A championship.
The Sound Property Development Grasshoppers got the tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the inning, but Kyle Burns induced a come-backer to the mound to get the force out at second, securing the 1-0 victory to win the title.
Three River Bandits combined for the shutout, racking up 11 strikeouts as a team. Starting pitcher Hunter Kohler struck out three in 2 2/3 innings. John McMahon fanned all eight batters he faced in relief, earning the win in 2 2/3 innings. Burns picked up the save, shutting down the River Bandits in two-thirds innings of relief.
Jack Hall and Jake Arnowitz led off the top of the final inning with back-to-back singles, setting up the River Bandit rally. It seemed to end as quickly as it began when Arnowitz was doubled up after a line-drive out to the third baseman. But Jarvie stroked a clean single to plate Hall for the game's only run.
Grasshoppers starting pitcher Cameron Case was stellar in four innings pitched, striking out eight.
Burns, Kohler and McMahon all had hits for the River Bandits in the pitcher's duel.
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