GOSHEN — They started to put just one index finger in the air. But then a correction came.
“Not one, put four up!” one of the players said.
So while most championship pictures have teams holding one finger in the air to signify being No. 1, the Goshen Little League Junior baseball team held up four fingers Tuesday night after defeating Osolo 9-2 at Phend Field at Goshen High School to win the District 14 Championship.
Why the four fingers? It’s the group’s fourth straight district championship.
“It’s our 4-peat,” shortstop Robby Riegsecker said, “like the Miami Heat, except different.”
And just like the Heat, the Goshen Juniors have dominated their competition leading up to their championship.
Of the six games the team played to win the district, Goshen won by the 10-run rule four times.
The other game, besides Tuesday, that Goshen didn’t win by 10 runs, it won by eight runs.
“We’ve always been like the best in our district,” pitcher Tyler Colpitts said. “I think that we won’t ever lose the throne of it either.”
But on Tuesday, that confidence took a small hit in the beginning part of the game.
Osolo, a team Goshen had beat by 10 runs previously, jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. Goshen coach Jeff Wertz said the team had only trailed one other time in the tournament. And that other time Goshen trailed was because they were the home team, and Goshen came right back and took the lead back in the bottom half of the inning.
Tuesday, Goshen didn’t take its first lead until the third inning.
After two walks to start off the inning, Riegsecker made Osolo pay, smacking a two-run triple to deep right field that took one hop to bounce up against the fence. The Osolo right fielder had to keep running and running to reach the ball.