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Gatey Sweeps Babe Ruth Finals
By Joe Kelly

     The Gate of Heaven Babe Ruth baseball team captures 2006 title with a decisive 15 to 7 victory over The John Hart Club.

     Gatey received all the offense they needed in the bottom of the second inning sending 17 batters to the plate and scoring 13 runs on their way to a three game sweep. Manager Mike Tallent's squad was relaxed and confident all game even after giving up two runs in the top of the first. Starting pitcher Patrick Sweeney playing his final Babe Ruth game gave up only 2 earned runs on the way to a complete game victory. Sweeney mixed up his pitch's keeping the Hart Club batters off balance and inducing a slew of ground balls.

     Gatey’s first four batters walked to start the 2nd inning and parlayed bases loaded hits by Pat Sweeney and third baseman Jeff Santana in route to their 13 run explosion. Sweeney never lost his composure even after retiring the first two batters easily in the 4th and had two sure ground ball outs find their way through his infielders legs for errors. After walking the next hitter he gave up a base loaded double for two runs to make it 14 to 7 game, that would be all for The Hart Club as Sweeney shut the door for the game.

Gatey won game one of the series with three runs in the bottom of the 7th for a 7 to 6 victory and won game two with a lopsided score of 12 to 1.

     A bright spot for The John Hart Club in game three was rookie Sean Bolstad who pitched the final three innings in relief giving up only three hits and one run while striking out four, including the side in the 5th, in a performance reminiscent of when he led his Little League team to the 2004 title.

     The champion Gatey team members are, Pat Sweeney, Teddy Downs, Peter Donovan, Brian Nelson, Jeff Santana, Tommy Brown, Brian DeFransico, Matt Greeley, Connor Nee, Mike Fleming, Sean O'Dwyer, Brian Feer, Brian Sweeney, Robert O'Connor, Seamus Flaherty, Robert Richards and John Evans. Manager Mike Tallent and Coaches Mike Waldman and Steve Tallent.

     Along with Patrick Sweeney players Teddy Downs, Peter Donovan, Brian Nelson and Jeff Santana all played their final Babe Ruth game. Congratulations to them and the entire Gatey team on their successful season.

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Champion Gate of Heaven Babe Ruth team and coaches.