After a rough start to the season, Westco Security finished strong with a 6-3 victory over Sports Clips in the championship game of the Major League Division of the Destin Little League Association at Dalton Threadgill Little League earlier this week.
“We had a lot of practices and we worked them real hard and they learned from us, that’s what made it a lot of fun this season,” said Westco Coach Bill West.
“We started out as the worst team in the league, but we’ve won 11 of the last 12 games. That shows just how much the kids have improved,” West said.
And that improvement could be seen on the diamond Tuesday night when they came from behind to beat Sports Clips.
Sports Clips got on the board first with three hits in the top of the first inning. Price Bowen doubled, and then Cole Riche and Owen Davis hit back-to-back singles with two runs scoring.
Westco answered with one in the bottom half. Jacob Castle doubled and scored for a 2-1 game.
In the bottom of the third, Westco took the lead. With one out, Ethan Ramsey reached on a single and James Boykin walked. Up next, Roman LaRumbe belted a triple deep to right field to score Ramsey and Boykin for the go ahead.
In the top of the fourth, Sports Clips evened the score. Jared Cutts reached on an error and stole second. Cutts later scored on a single to right by David Bowman.
In the bottom half, Westco got the advantage back bringing in three runs. Ryan Singleton doubled to right center and the next batter struck out. Robert Pankratz walked and stole second. Up next, Castle reached on an error and two runs scored. Castle finally scored himself on a passed ball. Ramsey and Boykin each got hits but were left stranded when the next batter struck out.
With time running out in the fifth inning, Westco sat Sports Clips down in short order on a strike out and two ground outs for the 6-3 victory.
“We’ve had a wonderful season,” Coach West said right before he got doused with a cooler of ice water.
Westco finished the season 13-4-1.
“All the kids have listened and taken the advice to heart. We finished strong,” West said.