Courtesy wins Koufax league
Courtesy Motors completed a perfect season last night at Worthman Field defeating Erie Haven 10-9 in a nail-biter earning the regular season and tournament Sandy Koufax titles for Adams-Wells Counties.
The pair of Decatur squads faced off after Erie Haven won their semi-final contest in Monroe the night before and Courtesy handled the Monroe Harvestland crew in five innings.
Courtesy struck first with four runs in the first and another four in the second to take a big 8-0 lead and looked to be on their way to another blow out. Erie Haven posted three on the board in the third, then two in the fourth and fifth to make the score 9-7 in favor of Motors.
After a quiet sixth inning, Erie Haven tied the game at 9-9 with two runs leaving it in the hands of Courtesy in the bottom of the seventh to close the game. Cody Fields hit a single to left-field scoring Austin Knous and the celebration was on.
Both teams netted 13 hits in the game. Adam Weaver, Mason Shinabery, and Fields each had three hits for Courtesy, while Kyle Wittwer and Will Mitchem had three hits in a losing effort for Erie Haven. Mitchem had the game's only homerun, an inside-the-park blast in the fourth inning, while Fields tripled in the second, Weaver had doubles in the first and second inning, and all three of Shinabery's blasts were doubles in the first, second, and third. Kyle Wittwer also doubled in the third.
On the hill, Knous went seven innings to anchor Courtesy in the win allowing nine runs on 13 hits with five K's and two walks. Witwer started the game but was pulled early after allowing two runs on a hit with two walks. Tracy Bauer pitched in relief for two innings allowing seven runs on eight hits with a walk. Cole Miller finally settled things down shutting down Courtesy to just one run in the seventh in five innings of work allowing four hits, three K's and a free pass.
NOTE: Courtesy was mistakenly given two losses in the final standings due to games that were not played on the schedule. They ended their season with a perfect 17-0 record.