After a postponement and a couple inclement weather delays the Cal Ripken league concluded its league tournament Friday night at Crain Field, following closing ceremonies.
Security Federal claimed a thrilling 3-2 win over Cass County Tire in the bottom of the sixth inning when they plated Devin Kessler on a wild pitch.
“This was an exciting win for us and for our fans,” said head coach Dean Vietti. “We had a decent season by tying for third in the league but things were coming together and we thought we’d have a good team put together for the tournament run and I guess we did. But give credit to Cass County Tire. They were the most improved team in the tournament. They didn’t have as good a season but their coaches and players put it together to make quite a run and almost win this thing.”
It was a 0-0 ballgame through three and a half innings before Security Federal got on the scoreboard. Trevor Vietti drew a one-out walk before scoring on a hit from Kessler. Kessler would later go on to score on a passed ball for the 2-0 lead after four complete.
Cass County Tire quickly answered in the top of the fifth. Caleb Chris drew a one-out walk and Jonathon Nies also reached first on a walk. With two outs Mykel Vaughn blasted a shot to an outfield gap scoring both Nies and Chris to tie the ballgame at 2-2. Vaughn would be left stranded to set things up for the exciting finale.
“We didn’t hit as well as we have been but we’ve relied on our pitching to help pull us through,” said Dean Vietti. “We’ve gone with Jeremiah Miller and Caleb Miller and we’ve also used [Devin] Kessler to throw for us and they’ve done their jobs.”