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Chicago Royals 9, Miami Marlins 7
'MVP Fernando Toomer Leads the Way'
Camunas, special to MSBL National
2015-Kissimmee, FL — It took holding off a late rally, but the Chicago Royals held on to a 9-7 lead to defeat the Miami Marlins and win the 2015 Holiday Classic
45+ Championship at Champion Stadium at ESPN's Wide
World of Sports Complex.
Led by MVP
Fernando Toomer, who had a single, a triple and a sacrifice fly while driving
in four runs, the Royals used a three-run sixth and a two-run seventh to build
an 8-3 lead.
However, the Marlins staged a late rally with a four-run eighth that closed the lead to 8-7,
but an insurance run and a save by P.J. McQuillin gave the Royals its first 45+
championship and the first by a team not the Boston Wolfpack in the past four
rally would've been more valuable if it had been earlier," said Marlins
manager and starting pitcher George Kehnan, who threw a complete game,
giving up nine runs on 12 hits. "Those big innings by them made it a little
too big for us to come back from. It was probably inches from being different,
had a chance to take the lead, but lined out with bases loaded and two outs
that ended the eighth-inning rally.
a lot of heart and we fought all the way through," Kehnan said.
"We're all going to be back and we're going to try to do this all over
were able to knock off defending champion Wolfpack by narrowly defeating them
8-7 thanks to four-run first and second innings.
the Royals started Kal Tate on the mound and he would pitch seven-plus innings
and give up five runs on 13 hits.
had the lead three times, but each time the Royals tied it up until it was 3-3
and Chicago then took the lead it wouldn't relinquish.
is a long time coming," Toomer said. "We had to fight to get here,
had to fight to come from behind. We're always fighting to get here and it paid
off and it feels great to win a championship."
the Royals lost to the Wolfpack in the same game, so manager Mike Torresso was
just glad to face a different team, even one just as a good as the Marlins.
a tight game the whole way through," Torresso said. "They tied it up,
we tied it up and it came down to guys stepping up in the clutch. It was even
more important that we put down the throttle and didn't stop and got the runs,
even the one in the bottom of the eighth."
were ready for either team, but this Miami team was also very tough. They
fought hard and they had their chances to win this, too."
also said it was an easy call to name Toomer the MVP.
been tearing it up all week and had one heck of game (Monday)," Torresso
added. "He's a no-brainer at MVP and he is just one of the great players