The West U Seniors the Senior World Series on Saturday in Bangor, Maine, with a 7-4 win over the team from Latin America.
This is the second World Series Championship for a Senior Division team from West U in five years. The 2014 champions join the 2009 team in bringing home the Senior World Series trophy.
Pitchers Joe Gobillot and Jimmy Winston teamed up to grab the championship. Gobillot struck out six, walked four and allow four runs over 5 ⅓ innings.
Winston came in to finish the game, ending the championship with a strike-out.
The WULL Seniors were powered by hitting by John Doxakis, who went 2-4. The team took the lead in the first inning, scoring on a two-run double by Doxakis.
In the second inning, West U scored four runs. The Seniors scored on an RBI single by Winston, an RBI single by Jacob Millender, and a wild pitch.
At a “watch party” at Little Matt’s in “downtown West U,” Winston’s parents were on edge.
Robby Winston, the incoming president of West U Little League, wildly cheered his son. Winston also repeatedly muttered, “This is so nerve-wracking.”
Laura Winston, the pitcher’s mother, was at one point urged by several friends at the party to breathe. She finally did, and resumed cheering for the team.
Several families of players, as well as die-hard Little League fans, gathered to watch the championship while enjoying burgers and beers, or quesadillas with white wine.
When the game was over, everyone jumped to their feet, yelling and cheering. At least one Mom was in tears.
This is the fourth trip to the Senior World Series for the WULL Seniors, including the 2009 World Series Championship in 2009. Teams from West U also went in 2010 and 2011.
Before the championship, the WULL Seniors dominated this Series, with their 10-0 win of their first game against the East Division Champions, Edgewood Little League from Bristol, Conn.
On Monday, the Seniors won with a 6-0 shutout of the Western Little League Seniors from Grand Rapids, Mich. An 11-3 win Tuesday over the Italian team from Emilia, Italy, was way more exciting than the score indicates, and the team had a small setback Thursday with their 4-2 loss to the Latin American champions. On Friday, the WULL Seniors had a 7-0 win over the host team from Bangor, Maine, on a complete shutout by West U pitcher John Doxakis.
Doxakis threw nine strikeouts in just seven innings. Doxakis and his teammates allowed no runs on two hits, to keep the hometown team off the scoreboard.