Boyertown wins finals opener

The Bears started the American Legion World Series by beating Bryant, Ark.

Posted: August 26, 2007

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - Boyertown finally got to play its opening game in the American Legion World Series yesterday morning, taking a 5-3 victory over Bryant, Ark., in a game that was pushed back from Friday night by rain.

Garret Crable went all nine innings for the Bears (53-8), scattering 10 hits and striking out five to raise his record to 13-2.

Cody Culp was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, and Alex Neiman and Nole Saylor each had a double among two hits.

Aaron Davidson struck out 10 in his seven-inning start for Bryant (42-10).

Boyertown broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the top of the seventh.

Brent Ruminski walked, then moved to third on a sacrifice and a throwing error by Davidson. He then stole home to break the tie.

Culp followed with an RBI single and later scored the third run of the inning on a throwing error to the plate.

The Bears had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Neiman doubled and Culp drove him in with a single.

Steve Bealer drove in Brandon Sullivan with a fielder's choice in the top of the fourth.

Tyler Sawyer had two hits and two RBIs for Bryant.

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