Princeton Fast Pitch Church League
Defending champ St. Matthews has played its way back to the championship game of the Princeton Fastpitch Church League, but it didn’t come easy.
St. Matthews outlasted United Methodist 14-13 in a roller-coaster contest Tuesday night at West Side Park in a battle of the tournament unbeatens. With the win, St. Matthews advanced straight to Saturday’s championship game at 6 p.m. against United Methodist, which beat Malden Methodist 10-9 Thursday night.
St. Matthews is the five-time defending league champion.
Michael Robinson was in the middle of the final winning plays for St. Matthews.
He made a diving catch in right field and threw to second base for an inning-ending double play to end UMC’s at-bat in the top of seventh to keep the score tied at 13.
Robinson brought in the winning run with a ground ball that was misplayed in the field to send St. Matthews to the championship game with a 14-13 victory.
Methodist took a 10-6 lead with five runs in the top of the fifth inning, including a three-run homer by Bret Lasson.
St. Matthews’ Jake Reinhardt hit an inside-the-park homer to right-center to make it 10-7. A hit by Jon Henegar and a three-base error in the field led to three runs, and another run gave St. Matthews a 11-10 edge.
Methodist pushed three runs across in the sixth to go back up 13-11. St. Matthews answered with two runs in the home half of the sixth to tie the game.
Church bulletin: Saturday’s finalists have met four times for the championship in the past six years with St. Matthews winning the last three meetings. Methodist beat St. Matthews in a doubleheader for its last title in 2013. ... St. Matthews seeks its sixth straight league championship and seventh in eight years. It has won 11 league championships dating back to 1977 with 12 regular season titles. ... Methodist has won nine league championships in the past 42 years.