POTOMAC PARK — Justin Donaldson, Connor Christner and Tyler Mayhew had runscoring hits during an eight-run fifth inning that carried Casselman Valley to an 8-7 win over the Northside Diamond Dogs in the Rec League championship game Friday night at Memorial Field.
Casselman Valley won the three-game championship series 2-1 and claimed the league title for the first time since 2005.
Northside led 4-0 before Casselman Valley’s fifthinning outburst. Donaldson hit a two-run double, Christner knocked in one run with a single and Mayhew brought in another with a double. There were also five walks and two hit batters in the inning.
Northside, down 8-4, got to within 8-7 when Brooks Carr smashed a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth.
Donaldson finished with a double and a single and Alex Beiler scored two runs for Casselman. Mason Dick doubled and singled twice and Jesse Lapp had an RBI single for Northside.
Christner, who pitched the first three innings and also the final two, struck out eight, including three in the last inning. The final one came with the potential tying run on second base.
Northside had forced the series to three games with an 8-7 win in 10 innings earlier in the evening in the completion of Game 2 that was suspended by darkness on Wednesday.
Northside scored three runs in the top of the 10th for an 8-5 lead, then held off Casselman, which score twice in the bottom of the 10th.
Tied 5-5, Northside’s 10thinning rally began with two walks and a single by Cody Rodeheaver that loaded the bases. Kyle Rosenberger hit a three-run double to break the tie.
Christner had an RBI double, stole third and scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the inning.
Rosenberger also hit a tworun home run, Rodeheaver singled twice and Josh Bittinger had two singles and two RBIs for Northside.
Donaldson had a double and an RBI single, Brandon Miller a two-run double and Beiler two singles and three runs scored for Casselman Valley.
Casselman Valley was the second seed in the playoffs, beat the Cumberland Moose in the first round and finished the year with a 13-8-1 record. Northside was the top seed, beat Hite Roofing in the opening round of the playoffs, and finished 15-6.