Robbins Builders nail down tournament win (PHOTOS AND VIDEO)

Tina Harbuck
tharbuck@thedestinlog.com
Robbins Builder's Coach Justin Ray circles up his infield during the last inning of play.

With a loss early in the playoffs, Robbins Builders came back in the semi-finals to beat Westco Security 9-6 in the end-of-season Machine Pitch Tournament of the Destin Little League Association Monday night at Dalton Threadgill Little League Park.

“Effort, lots of effort is what won it for us,” said Robbins Coach Justin Ray as he walked off the field.

Robbins came into the game Monday night with only two losses, both to Westco.

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“We lost to them in a short game earlier in the season (due to weather) and then we lost to them early in the playoffs,” Ray said. “So for the kids to come back and play as hard as they did tonight is big. Seven and eight year olds getting fired up about baseball.”

Robbins took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Jordan Figueroa, Brody Ray and Brooks Chouinard each had hits and scored.

In the bottom half, Westco’s Calvin Blackman singled but didn’t score.

In the top of the third, Robbins picked up two more runs. With two outs, Figueroa doubled up the middle and scored on a triple down the right field line by Brody Ray, who made it home on some crafty base running for a 5-0 lead.

Westco got a couple of runners on base in the bottom half. Holden Hughes reached on an error and Blackman singled, however both were left stranded.

In the top of the fourth, Artcher Magee singled and made it to second, but didn’t score for Robbins.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Westco finally got on the board. Koren Silver singled and scored on a hit from Will Greenwood.

Robbins put four more runs on the board. With one out, Emerson Fitzgerald singled to left, but was put out at second on a fielder’s choice shot by Andy Fitzgerald. Palmer Robbins reached on an error and Figueroa singled and eventually scored. Ray doubled to right center and Chouinard singled up the middle for an RBI.

In the bottom half, Westco scored three runs. Hughes and Blackman each singled and scored on a home run blast from Caleb Wright to right center.

Down by five going into their last turn at bat, Westco didn’t give up. Greenwood put down a bunt and Quentin Saviola singled. Easton Brackett grounded out and Greenwood scored. Hughes singled to left to score Saviola. James Campbell got a hit but was left stranded when Palmer Robbins made a catch on the next batter to end the game.

The two teams will square off in the championship game at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Dalton Threadgill Little League Park.