The Belconnen Bandits secured back-to-back Baseball Canberra first grade titles with a clean sweep of minor premiers Weston Creek Indians at Narrabundah Ballpark on Sunday.
While the Indians "imploded" to lose game one of the championship series 8-1, they bounced back to produce a "boxing match" in game two, only to have the Bandits score two runs in the bottom of the ninth win 7-6 and claim the title.
Indians president and coach Danny Serena said a couple of crucial errors proved costly.
The Bandits had the advantage going into the final frame, with a Jason Sloan two-run home run and a Colin Giumelli solo shot giving them a 6-5 lead, but they weren't able to hold on.
"It was just a really good game of baseball between two really good teams," Serena said.
"It was like a boxing match. We'd get guys on base, they would, they'd get us out, same thing. Unfortunately we couldn't hold them out. A couple of crucial errors and then they came out and hit the ball in the last inning and got the job done. All in all a good game of baseball."
Serena said their Canadian starter Quinn Cumming was fantastic for the minor premiers on Sunday, but so were the Bandits' starting duo of Scott Cone and Louis Cohen, both of whom started for the Canberra Cavalry in the Australian Baseball League.
He also credited Bandits shortstop Logan Kingham for an "almost supernatural" performance both with the bat and the glove.
"Over the two games [Kingham] just played out of his skin for the Bandits. I've seen Logan around for years and I've never seen him play like he played the last few days, almost supernatural," Serena said.
"I know Logan well and hats off to him, he had a really good series."
While the Indians didn't win the first grade title, they did win four of the nine championship series they were in across the grades.