ROCKINGHAM — Logan Speight was suppose to fake the bunt and pull the bat back so teammate Dylan Bostick could attempt to steal home.
Somewhere in the few moments from when his coach, Joey Bostick, told him what to do and stepping foot into the batter’s box, the plan escaped Speight’s mind.
In the end, it worked out.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh and the game tied, Speight laid down the bunt and was safe when the throw to first sailed into right field allowing ASI to escape with a 7-6 win over Craven’s Body Shop in the title game of the City of Rockingham’s Pony League.
“He was supposed to fake it,” Bostick said. “I would have rather won it legit.”
The victory allowed ASI to finish its campaign undefeated in both the regular season and tournament play. Craven’s Body Shop advanced to the championship after placing fourth in the standings.
Craven’s Body Shop grabbed a 6-3 lead after Nick Pait smashed a two-run home run to left-center with one out in the top of the fifth, but were unable to generate anymore offense, allowing ASI to chip away at the lead. The last eight Craven’s Body Shop batters were retired in order, seven by strikeout.
After the championship game, league officials announced the 13- and 14-year-old all-star teams.
The 13-year-old team will include: Dylan Bostick, Jayvon Boyer, Justice Goodwin, Chase Haywood, Luke Hoggard, Jacob Howell, Trinity Hunt, Josh Johnson, Trey Knotts, Dustin Lamb, Blake Leviner, Brandon Morse and Bryan Ransom. The coaches will be Joey Bostick, Floyd Hunt and Jonathan Goodwin.
Dylan Calahan, Dylan Carpenter, Ryan Cole, Bryce Dixon, Corey Dove, Nick Honeycutt, Demarcus Hough, Ryan Humphries, Curtis Ledbetter, Dalton Leviner, Daniel Long, Justin Long, Nick Pait and Tyler Williams were selected to the 14-year-old squad. The coaches are Robert Long, David Dove and Scott Kelly.
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