In front of nearly 1,400 screaming fans, Adam Reifer struck out Justin Bass to secure the Batavia Muckdog's first league title since 1963 with a 9-3 victory over the Jamestown Jammers.
With the third strike of the third out in the top of the ninth, fans and players alike went wild as young men in red jerseys swarmed the field and piled on top of each other in front of home plate. In the stands, fans screamed, hugged and high-fived.
Within minutes, league president Ben Hayes presented the championship trophy to manager Mark DeJohn.
The Muckdogs won game one of the three-game series in Jamestown on Friday night. Saturday's game was rained out.
The game was close up until the bottom of the eighth inning when the Muckdogs blew the game open by scoring five runs.
Jamestown had scored two runs in the top of the inning to make it 4-3.
Frederick Parejo went 4-4 and Shane Peterson picked up three hits.
The starter and winner was Hector Cardenas who went six innings and gave up only 1 run.
If it all turned out, we'll post some video from tonight later.
UPDATE: I shot video with two cameras. One was a little Flip so I could post something quickly. That hasn't quite worked out. For some reason, YouTube keeps throwing an error when I try to upload it. Google Video took it just fine, and you can view it here. We'll see how it goes with the other video, which includes some interviews.
UPDATE II: Still having trouble with getting a video to upload to YouTube. The quality of this on Google just isn't very good, but here's the longer video with interviews and such.
UPDATE III: Wow, I kept getting these upload errors, but all this time -- the first video did upload and process just fine. Here's video #1 -- shot with the Flip just to get a quick video of the final out. The second video finally did upload and is processing now. I'll embed either when it's ready or later in the morning (late tonight now, so I might sleep in a bit).
UPDATE IV: Ok, here it is ... the longer video with interviews (Ben Hayes, Dan Mason, Brian Paris and Bill Kauffman):
UPADATE V: Nice summary of the Muckdog's post season on Scout.com. Also, long story on MLB.com, with some nice quotes from Shane Peterson.