Cal Ripken League baseball
Here are a few of my favorite frames from the Cal Ripken League 11 year-old state championship games I photographed recently. Newtown made it to the championship game through the winner’s bracket and Danbury made it though the loser’s bracket – meaning that Newtown could clinch the championship with one win, but Danbury would have to beat Newtown twice to win. And Danbury did just that, winning the first game 6-2 and the second game 5-4 in a thrilling extra-innings walk-off victory.
Newtown players greet Joey Rios (12) at home plate after his home run against New Milford. Newtown would win the game, sending them to the championship game in the winner’s bracket.
Newtown’s Connor Haywood makes contact in game one.
Newtown catcher Matt Bradbury, left, tags out Danbury baserunner Connor Cororan in game one.
Newtown centerfielder Joey Rios, left, leaps in front of teammate Reagin Gallagher to make a catch during game one.
Danbury catcher CJ Johnson celebrates between innings during his team’s win in game one.
Newtown players pump each other up in the dugout during game two.
Newtown shortstop CJ Demers takes a shot to the groin in game two.
Danbury players mob Ozzy Osbourne (wearing helmet) after scoring the game-winning run in Danbury’s 5-4 extra-innings walk-off win over Newtown in the Cal Ripken baseball league 11 year old, 70′ diamond state championship at Rogers Park in Danbury, Conn. Friday, July 25, 2014.
Parents use their phones to take photos of the Danbury team with its championship plaque.