King’s answered with the winning rally in the bottom of the fifth. Bowser was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game and Armfield drew a one-out walk, putting runners at first and second. With Elijah Moon at the plate, the runners each advanced a base on a wild pitch and then Bowser scored and Armfield took third on a passed ball. Elijah Moon followed with the go-ahead sacrifice fly to right.
Bowser, the third of three King’s pitchers, slammed the door shut in the top of the sixth. Elijah Moon pitched the first two innings and Armfield followed with three innings of work for the win.
Gifford pitched a complete game for Salsbery. He allowed just two hits and struck out eight, but walked four and hit three batters.
Butcher was 2 for 3 for King’s. Vail was 2 for 3 for Salsbery.
King’s win makes it three straight Kasey titles for UCT following H.P. McPike’s back-to-back titles. UCT is the first league to win three straight since Northwestern in 2005-07. Overall, King’s is the 10th UCT team to win the tournament.
“My two sons go to Western. All we ever hear about is Russiaville. It just makes us work hard,” Jeremy Moon said with a smile.
Salsbery was a surprise finalist after finishing fourth in Russiaville’s standings.
“The kids were upset and I told them if you had polled every manager in this city if they thought we’d be here, I don’t think anyone other than us would have given us a shot. They need to be proud of their accomplishments,” Dan Wright said.