The Dixon Little League Majors-Division Yankees wrapped up what’s been a stellar season with a Tournament of Champions title last night in Winters.
The Yankees beat the Winters Cub 9-3, to earn them the prestigious TOC title. Some key hits and solid pitching by Jay Opperman helped the Yankees secure victory said Yankees Coach Travis Roupp.
“We scored three runs in the first inning, so that kind of set the tempo for us,” Roupp said. “Pitcher Jay Opperman, he pitched five and a third inning and had 16 strikeouts.”
In addition to the solid performance on the mound, Opperman hit a two-run homer earning him the MVP award after the game. A hit by Max Trujillo helped cement the Yankees’ victory.
“They had a really good pitcher on the mound,” Roupp said. “We were patient at the plate, only swung at the strikes. We only had three hits last night, we had a lot of walks, some base stealing (and) some base running.”
Pitcher Jerick Mahoney closed the game out last night in Winters. Last night’s victory in the TOC left the Yankees with an overall 20-3 record.
The key to the Yankees’ season is simple Roupp said.
“It was a team effort, that was our team motto every game,” he said. “We were a team … we were going to play together as a team.”
The Yankees aren’t the only Dixon team competing in the TOC. We will have a story about today’s Pirates game tomorrow on the Patch.
“I would just like to thank all the parent and the players for a wonderful and great season,” Coach Roupp said.
Editor's note: an earlier version of the story misstated the place of last night's game. The game was played in Winters.