Iron Pigs edge Flying Squirrels for Little League championship

Iron Pigs pitcher Braden Gardin delivers during his team's win over the Flying Squirrels in the McDowell Little League championship game last week at Big League Camp. For more photos from the contest, check The McDowell News sports page Tuesday. Josh Davis/

The McDowell County Little League Iron Pigs claimed their second straight league championship earlier this week, beating the Flying Squirrels 6-4 at Big League Camp.

Hits were at a premium for both squads as there was a total seven in the finale.

The Iron Pigs (9-4) did all of their damage in bottom half of the second inning, scoring six times. Braden Gardin ran out an inside-the-park, grand slam home run, and Aiden Gallion followed later with a two-run inside-the-park shot. Mason Brewer also had one hit in the game for the Iron Pigs.

Down six runs, the Flying Squirrels (8-5) didn’t give up as they pushed across two in the fourth and one each in the fifth and sixth innings.

Zeb Street led off the fourth with a double. Hunter Brown then reached after getting hit by a pitch. Anthony Mackey then doubled to center, driving in both runners to trim the deficit to 6-2.

Taylor Childers reached on a walk in the fifth and took advantage of a couple wild pitches and one throwing error to score, getting his team back to a three-run deficit.

Then in the sixth, Street walked to begin to frame, took second and third on wild pitches and eventually scored on a bases-loaded walk.

The Flying Squirrels had the tying run in scoring position late before Brown was tagged out at home plate on an attempted steal of home to end the game.

Gardin recorded the win for the Iron Pigs on the mound, allowing three earned runs on two hits with 10 strikeouts.

The Iron Pigs won the first-half championship with a 4-2 mark, tying the Squirrels during the first half. The Flying Squirrels posted a 5-1 mark in the month of May to win the league’s second half and force the championship game.

McDowell County Little League will field all-star teams in the 9-11 year-old and 10-12 year-old Majors age divisions. North Carolina District 7 play will begin later this month.





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