Scott Blewett's masterful effort on the pitcher's mound helped Onondaga's baseball all-stars capture the 16-18 Babe Ruth World Series championship.
Striking out 15 batters while only allowing six hits, the Baldwinsville right-hander shut down host team Texas Tri-Counties as Onondaga won by a score of 4-1 in Saturday's World Series championship game in Weimar, Texas.
Not since 1990 (Staten Island) had a team from New York claimed this title, but some of these players were part of the North Syracuse squad that won the 13-15 Babe Ruth World Series in 2010.
In the title game, Onondaga met the same Tri-Counties team it had blanked 9-0 in the tournament opener on July 27. TTC had not lost since, including two straight elimination-games - 4-2 over Port Angeles (Wash.) in the quarterfinals and 4-0 over previously undefeated Cape Cod (Mass.) in the semifinals.
Blewett started out quite strong, with a 1-2-3 first inning and striking out the side in the top of the second. He got a 1-0 lead when, with two out in the bottom of the second, Brett Charbonneau (Baldwinsville) singled home Chris Davis, though Pat Wright (Liverpool) was tagged out at home trying to score on that same hit.
Even though he gave up a pair of hits in the top of the third, Blewett again struck out the side, giving him eight K's, and the number reached 10 with two more whiffs in the fourth inning.
Onondaga could not add to its margin in the bottom of the third, loading the bases with one out before TTC pitcher Cade Brewer escaped with a double play. But in the fourth, Eric Hamilton (Cicero-North Syracuse) doubled, moved to third on a groundout and scored when Charbonneau beat out an infield hit, making it 2-0.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth. Alex Caruso led off with a single, and Davis, from the cleanup spot, crushed a ball over the left-field fence, a two-run home run that doubled Onondaga's margin to 4-0.