August 6, 2016
Chicagoans end Aussies’ surreal run convincingly, 7-2
By Sam Coombs
Excitement was in the air for Saturday’s nationally televised world championship game. The Southern Mariners, of Melbourne, Australia, matched up against Clear Ridge L.L., Chicago, Illinois, to determine a champion. The Southern Mariners looked to get revenge on Clear Ridge, which handed the Asia-Pacific champs their first loss of the summer. However, the U.S. Central champs rose to occasion on the likes of Zach Verta’s arm, winning a world championship 7-2 in this one.
It was U.S. Central’s first World Series title since Urbandale L.L., Urbandale, Iowa, won in 2005.
Verta had everything working for him, including his bat at the plate. Verta batted in his team’s first run on a double to left field in the bottom half of the first.
On the mound, Verta was in command with a great fastball and curveball all day.