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Phillies win when it counts, win Babe Ruth title
Phillies third-baseman Alex Fabricus tagged out Ridge McCoy of the Giants on an attempted steal of third base Monday night in the River-ton Babe Ruth championship game. The Phillies upset the previously unbeaten Giants 8-2 for the title. Photo by Randy Tucker

Phillies win when it counts, win Babe Ruth title

Jul 2, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

The Phillies pulled off the upset in convincing fashion Monday over the previously unbeaten Giants to win the Riverton Babe Ruth baseball championship 8-2.

The Giants entered the game 13-0 on the season, but the Phillies' defense, led by an outstanding effort by pitcher Teron Doebele, was too much for them to handle.

The win gives the Phillies a 10-4 record on the season.

"We had excellent pitching from Teron (Doebele), and Anthony Allen caught a great game," Phillies manager Jeff Madrigal said.

The Phillies tallied just one run in the opening inning, and the Giants calmly stepped to the plate and took an early 2-1 lead.

But their bats fell silent after that as Doebele threw a shutout over the final six innings.

The Phillies tied the game 2-2 in the second and began a series of outstanding defensive plays that kept the league favorites from scoring for the remainder of the game.

Leading 5-2 in the bottom of the third inning, the Phillies tallied their first outstanding defensive play when third baseman Alex Fabricus took a good throw from Allen and tagged out Ridge McCoy as he tried to steal third base..

The Giants tallied two more hits than the Phillies with seven but had the same number of errors -- seven -- while the Phillies were marred by just a single error.

A second outstanding play came in the fifth inning when centerfielder Nick Stover raced toward the deep centerfield fence and caught a long fly ball from McCoy over his right shoulder as he slid into the fence.

The play robbed the Giants of two sure runs and kept the shutout alive.

Baylor Beers started on the mound for the Giants and held the Phillies to just five hits, but fielding and throwing errors kept the basepaths full, and the Phillies slowly pulled away.

Stover had another catch in the sixth, running nearly 30 yards before snagging a long fly in right center.

Phillies shortstop Josiah Washington showed good range as well, robbing a blooper hit in the grass to end the sixth.

"Those were excellent plays in the outfield and behind shortstop," Madrigal said.

For Madrigal and assistant coach Brian Hughes, the third time was the charm . They had dropped two consecutive title games in previous years before winning this one.

The evening ended with the announcement of the 15-year old and 13-14 year old all-star teams.

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