Two champions were crowned in the Western Bureau Valley League Wednesday night.
Sheffield-Buda blanked LaMoille 4-0 to capture the Minor League Baseball crown while the Princeton Cardinals edged Wyanet 8-7 for the C League Softball title.
Minor League Baseball: Winning pitcher Brock Foster blanked LaMoille on one hit over three innings. Carter Salisbury went 2-2 for Sheffield-Buda with a double and 2 RBIs and Evan Nimrick drove in a run.
Sheffield-Buda beat the Princeton Red Sox 9-5 in Monday’s semifinals with Salisbury striking out seven in four innings for the win. Nimrick stroked two doubles to drive in three runs.
In its opener, Sheffield-Buda topped Annawan 10-5 with Salisbury (2-2), Foster and Nimrick all with one double. Salisbury fanned seven over three innings.
The Red Sox edged the White Sox 6-5 in an all-Princeton battle for third place. The White Sox tied the game at 5 in the bottom of the fifth, but the Red Sox regained the lead in the top of the sixth and held off the White Sox rally in the home half for the win.
The Princeton Tigers topped Wyanet 11-1 for the consolation championship.
C League Softball: The Princeton Cardinals edged Wyanet 8-7 in a back and forth game in Wednesday’s championship game.
Wyanet took a 2-1 lead with two runs in the second and answered the Cards’ four runs in the top of the third with five in the bottom to go back on top 7-5. The Cards pushed two runs across to tie the game in the fourth and scored the go-head run when Abby Jensen sneaked home on a wild pitch in the top of the seventh.
Hannah Mueschegel, Taylor Quiram and Libby Boyles each had one hit for the Cardinals and winning pitcher Brynn Hieronymus (5 strikeouts) had two hits. Madison Keffer had a hit for Wyanet.
Wyanet had a great run as the undefeated regular-season champion.
The BVN Lightning topped LaMoille 15-8 to claim third place. Autumn Miller, Sophie Miller, Kamryn Kolb and Cheyenne DePatis all had hits for the Lightning. Autumn Miller was the winning pitcher with Kolb earning a two-inning save.
Sheffield had an exciting come-from-behind 18-17 win over Tampico to claim the fifth-place trophy.
B League Softball: Layla Hassler’s two-run single in bottom of the fourth inning with Mayah Carlson scoring the game winning run lifted the Princeton Rockies to an 18-17 win over Annawan. Davina Dabbs, Meg Fisher, Madison Richards, Aleesha Foster and Brielle Conwell all contributed hits towards the winning cause.
Fisher was the winning pitcher, going the distance.
The Princeton A’s had an exciting come-from-behind 13-12 win over Wyanet Wednesday. They were down 12-6 going into their last at-bats. Libby Boyles got the game ball for scoring the winning run on a wild pitch.
The Princeton Cubs also advanced with an opening round victory over Sheffield-Buda to face top-seeded BVN Thunder on Friday.
Farm League: Annawan defeated the Princeton Cardinals 19-9, scoring 12 runs in the ninth inning for the WBVL title Tuesday in LaMoille.
• Notes: The 50th Little League Tournament hosted by the Western Bureau Valley League got underway in Walnut Thursday. Walnut’s own Larry Wilcoxen, who started up the tournament in 1965, will throw out the honorary first pitch for the championship game at 5:30 p.m. His son, Ken, and grandson, Kris, will be umpiring. Top-seeded Sheffield defeated the Princeton Yankees 14-1 on Thursday.