FARMINGTON — t wasn't pretty, but the Bayside Yankees did just enough to get a 2-1 win over the Frozen Ropes in Game 7 of Connie Mack World Series on Sunday afternoon at Ricketts Park.
"Our execution offensively was poor," said Bayside coach Marc Cuseta. "I'll quote (former North Carolina State basketball coach) Jim Valvano: at this stage of the tournament, it's win and advance. You don't get brownie points for pretty wins, you just need to win."
With the loss, the Frozen Ropes, out of McKinney, Texas, were the first team eliminated from the world series.
The Yankees, from New York City, looked poised to push across a couple of runs in the bottom of the second after loading the bases with one out. Josh Shaw hit a drive to right field for a sacrifice fly attempt. But Frozen Ropes right fielder Michael Koval gunned down Mike Martinez at the plate as Martinez tried to tag up from third, ending the inning.
The Yankees got on the board in the bottom of the third when Aaron Adams ripped a two-out single to bring in Chris Davignon from third and take a 1-0 lead.
Bayside kept the two-out rally going, getting an RBI from Joe Zirolli to stretch the lead to 2-0 after three innings.
While the Yankees (33-23-1) found offensive production, the Frozen Ropes (31-15) struggled to get any kind of offense going against Bayside pitcher Sam Kessler.
Kessler got ahead in the count early in the game, limiting the threat of Frozen Ropes runs.
"I was feeling pretty well," Kessler said. "Toward the fifth (inning), it got a little dicey, and it seemed like I ran out of gas a little bit. All I knew was if they hit the ball, our defense would make the plays, which they did all day. It was a good win."
The Frozen Ropes cracked the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning.
With two outs and runners on first and second, Landon Livingston had a hit up the middle of the infield. The Bayside defense knocked the ball down and kept it from the outfield, but on the diving play, Yankees second baseman Shaw hurt his wrist and couldn't hold onto the ball. Jackson Noakes took advantage and came around to score, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
But that was all the offense the Ropes could muster.
The Frozen Ropes' stint in the Connie Mack World Series ended earlier than they hoped, with the team going 0-2. But the early exit doesn't erase the title they won last week at the Don Mattingly World Series.
The Yankees will face the Louisiana Elite Yankees (23-7) or 4C-Clubsox (27-7) in Game 13 at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Ricketts Park.
Cuseta said if the Yankees get past Tuesday's game, their pitching depth will give them a big advantage.
"We have to figure out how to get to the next game, and once we start playing games closer together with fewer days off, and then the advantage of the roster will take over," he said. "We're not very offensive and haven't been all year. We need to figure out how to win one more game so our pitching depth can take effect in the tournament."
Leading hitter: Mike Martinez, 1B, RBI, SB
WP: Sam Kessler
SV: Chris Morgese
Leading hitter: Austin Boudreaux, 1B, RBI
LP: Jack Cushing