An exciting championship run for the River City Rascals didn’t end with a bang. It was more of a whimper. The Schaumburg Boomers once again proved to be just a little too much for River City to handle.
Schaumburg claimed its second consecutive Frontier League championship by handing the Rascals a 6-2 loss in game four of the championship series Wednesday night in Schaumburg, (Il.).
The loss brought to an end a magical season that saw the Rascals win 61 games.
Kyle Brady got the start for River City and he struggled with his control from the start. The righthander from Cincinnati,Oh. hit two Schaumburg batters in the first inning and gave up three runs while just getting one out. Nick Kennedy replaced Brady and was touched for a run in the bottom of the third, putting the Boomers out to a 4-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Schaumburg starter Seth Webster started strong and had few problems early. Webster breezed through the first three frames and did not give up a run until the top of the fifth as Eric Williams singled home Jon Myers and River City cut the lead to 4-1.
Schaumburg responded with a run in the sixth as Joey De Pinto ripped an RBI-double off Rascals reliever Patrick Crider which stretched the gap back to four runs. Tony Delmonico added another run for Schaumburg in the eighth with a home run to put the game away.
River City got a run in the ninth on a Blaise Fernandez single that brought home Myers making it 6-2 but that was all the Rascals would get on this night.
Boomers shortstop Gerard Hall was named the series Most Valuable Player.
Despite falling short in their quest to win the championship series, River City won the Western Division title for the fourth time in franchise history and in the process, sent six players to Major League Baseball minor league affiliate clubs.