Clifton Park The Clifton Park Bulldogs went as far as any Babe Ruth World Series host team had ever gone — the championship game.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they couldn’t cap their amazing run with a World Series title.
Devon Rocha threw a no-hitter, and Tri-Valley (Calif.) scored nine runs in the final two innings to defeat Clifton Park 12-0 by mercy rule in last Friday’s championship game at Clifton Common.
Rocha was not always accurate with his pitches, as he walked six Clifton Park batters over five innings. But the Bulldogs couldn’t get any hits to drop as they were shut out for the only time in the week-long tournament.
Tri-Valley scored three times in the top of the first inning to grab an early lead. The Pacific Southwest region representa-tives then struck for six runs in the fourth inning and another three in the fifth to put the 10-run mercy rule into effect.
The loss ended a stellar tournament run for Clifton Park. The Bulldogs won its division with a 3-1 record and then defeated Guilderland 4-1 in last Friday morning’s semifinal game to become only the fourth host team to reach a Babe Ruth World Series final.