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Babe Ruth Baseball: Crown Point takes state crown

Updated: August 22, 2013 7:08AM



CROWN POINT — Crown Point was in a tight spot during the bottom of the fourth inning of Saturday’s 13-year old Babe Ruth state championship game against Schererville, deadlocked in a scoreless tie and the Hitmen threatening with the bases loaded and one out.

But Crown Point’s Aiden Swinford, who relieved starter Ryan Bolda, forced Schererville in an inning-ending double play. The very next inning Crown Point erupted for eight runs on a previously effective Garnett Wiggs and went on to capture the title 8-1.

Evan Georgas relieved Swinford in the fifth inning and closed out the game on the mound, giving up one hit, striking out one batter and walking one. Jacob DeFries, George Babchuk, Andrew Mild and Ben Friedrich all drove in runs in the fifth for Crown Point, which will compete at the national Babe Ruth tournament starting Wednesday in Robinson, Ill.

“That double play really got things started for us,” Crown Point coach Scott Angel said. “It woke the kids up, and then we went out and scored the eight big runs in the next inning. It was a great team effort — scoring eight runs against a great team like Schererville. We were pretty close to playing a perfect game.

“I’ve coached Ryan Bolda since he was 9, so I was confident that he could throw strikes — and he got us all the way to forth. And Aiden in relief was remarkable, getting the double play on just two pitches. These are kids who usually don’t start, and they did a great job.”

Before the Crown Point barrage, Wiggs was solid through four innings, giving up three hits, striking out five and walking one.

“We had that one bad inning,” Schererville coach Pat Killeen said.

“That’s the one thing that our team has been unable to overcome. Today was a bad day to have it happen, but Crown Point really hit the ball today. And our inability to get the big two-out hit in the State Tournament really hurt us too.”



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