LYON MOUNTAIN — Add another playoff championship for the Lyon Mountain Miners.
The Miners made it three titles in the last five years and six in the last 13 with Sunday’s 9-5 victory over the Airborne Speedway Padres at the Big Ball Diamond.
Lyon Mountain, which finished the season with an overall record of 14-6, swept the best-of-3 series, 2-0.
“We were 5-5 at one time this season, and it wasn’t looking very good for us,” Miners manager Bill Chase said. “But the second half turned it around for us. We were able to get contributions up and down the line-up.”
It wasn’t a stylish performance by the two finalists Sunday, and there were nine errors committed, six by the mistake-prone Padres, who weren’t able to play the kind of baseball they needed defensively to force a third game.
But the second-seeded Miners were opportunistic.
The Padres got the early jump with three runs in the top of the first inning, only to have the Miners answer with four in the bottom of the inning.
“They had the momentum,” Chase said. “It was very big for us to come back with four runs in our half of the inning.”
Infield errors hurt the Padres in the early going, and the Miners tacked on two more runs in the second for a 6-3 lead.
But the fourth-seeded Padres made it interesting with two runs in the third to pull to within a run, at 6-5.
However, another error helped open the door for Lyon Mountain’s three-run sixth that put the Miners up, 9-5. Luke Weaver singled in a run, then Jerry Kowalowski topped it off with a 2-run single.
David Waldron, the playoff Most Valuable Pitcher, worked the first six innings to get the win, and Justin Besaw finished up in the seventh. Frank Brogna went the distance in taking the loss.
Weaver, Kyle Kowalowski and Scott Baker led the Miners with two hits and a RBI apiece. Jerry Kowalowski drove in three runs in all as Lyon Mountain ended up with nine hits.
Kyle Kowalowski, chosen as the playoff Most Valuable Player and with good reason, went 7-for-12 with eight RBI, in the Miners’ last three playoff games.
“Having Luke Weaver and Kasey Favreau come aboard late in the season helped us,” Chase said. “And Chris VanHouten was a key in our second-half success. He went 5-2 on the season on the mound and 3-0 in the second half.”
The Miners won nine of their last 10 games.
Mark Eggleston and Chris Markwica accounted for all of the Padres’ hitting. Airborne Speedway had four hits in all, with Eggleston and Markwica each getting two singles and a RBI.
There were no extra-base hits in the game as the two teams combined for 13 singles.
Miners 9, Padres 5
Padres 302 000 0 — 5 4 6
Miners 420 003 x — 9 9 3
Brogna and Eggleston. Waldron, Besaw (7) and J. Kowalowski. WP- Waldron. LP- Brogna.