The first season of the SLBA came to a thrilling conclusion on Wednesday night as the Dunmark Crushers claimed a 1-0 win over the Carp in a game that went down to the wire.
Chris Sims proved to be the hero with the winning RBI single in the top of the seventh, Matt Hutchings scoring thanks to a key double into left field.
Crushers teammate Anthony Herrera claimed the Championship MVP following his clutch closing stint on the mound and hot defensive displays at third.
Carp pitcher Ryan Duncan won the SLBA Golden Arm after going the whole season without conceding a run, while Curtis Mead was the Tournament MVP.
Pitching power dominated the first sixth innings despite opportunities for both sides, with the best of the best proving there would be no easy road to success.
Momentum swings were hard to come by and even loaded bases were not a sign of runs.
For the Crushers, Jordy Grose and Joel Chapman worked through Carp hitters with few difficulties, while Carp starter Tyler Thompson sent his opponents packing.
Golden Arm winner Ryan Duncan ensured his scoreless season remained in-tact despite loading the bases.
Josh Lapiana replaced him, starring with just one allowed hit and one strikeout through two frames as the Crushers’ first key chance went begging.
Over at second base former Adelaide Bite player Josh Cakebread made several key plays with a diving stop on a likely single through to right field and quick hands in a double play.
Crushers duo Ben Andrews and Herrera stamped their authority as the game wore on as well, they both finished with a hit while Herrera closed out the final two innings without a hit and two strikeouts.
The key moment was Hutchings’ double in the top of the seventh, the game’s first extra base hit.
It broke the backs of the Carp, who had been riding strong pitching from Wilson Lee, and when Jeremy Cresswell singled, he was in the perfect position to snatch the win.