West wins bronze, Central wins gold in Commonwealth Games Baseball
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - The West won the bronze medal game, the Central the gold medal game as Commonwealth Games All-Star Baseball wrapped up Sunday afternoon at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
Our area West All-Stars battled the East for the bronze. Tunstall's Tyler Jarrett was strong on the mound for the West, pitching five shutout innings, allowing just five hits.
The West scored two in the third, one in the fourth and took a 3-0 lead to the final inning.
The East, though, stormed back. And when Carter Miller singled by the shortstop, it's 3-2, the East with two on, just one out.
But Altavista's Shyhiem Pannell snags the final out.
West hangs on for the 3-2 win, earning the bronze for the second straight year.
Tyler Jarrett, WEST PITCHER (TUNSTALL) - FIVE SHUTOUT INNINGS, said "Even though we weren't in the gold medal, we were going to have to come out and play hard and we did that and we showed out and played very well."
Noah Heisler, WEST SHORTSTOP (LYNCHBURG HOME SCHOOLER), said "I felt like I had pretty good at-bats throughout the weekend and played defense well. It was a lot of fun and got to meet some new guys and come out here and play together. It's just a great atmosphere."
In the gold medal game, the North All-Stars were trying to extend their amazing streak, going for an 8th-straight gold medal.
The North trailed 2-1 in the sixth when Kyle Novak's sharp single to right helped set up the tying run.
Extra innings in the 8th, the Central's Connor Kannon led off with a single and later on a sac fly JUST beats the throw home to make it 3-2.
That proves to be the winner, the Central halts the North's 7-year run as Commonwealth Games champion, 3-2 the final.