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It’s often said that in sports the way you practice is the way you play. With that in mind, the Monarchs had to feel pretty good about their chances in the Jackie Robinson Little League Major League Division championship game against the Stars on Saturday at Crozer Park.
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Coach Robert Tiller said, “Last week was the best week of practice we had all season.” Tiller’s Monarchs overcame an early deficit to down the Stars, 7-6.
The Stars jumped to a first inning lead on Anthony Caldwell’s home run. The Stars added another run in the second inning and then exploded for three runs led by a triple by Caldwell that made it 5-1 at the end of three innings. In the fifth inning, the Stars added one more run.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Monarchs came alive and scored two runs on a home run to make it 6-4 heading into the sixth inning.
In their final at bat, the Monarchs continued to be hot as they scored three more runs in the inning including the game winning run, scored by Jahrod Jennings Perry on a passed ball.
“It feels good; I’ve been at it for the last four years. It feels good to finally win one,” Tiller said, adding that it was perseverance that made the difference in the game.