Click here for the official box score from the 2009 AAU Championship Game. (courtesy of Hank De Wild)
As the box score shows, the heart of the Chicago/NY batting order (2-3-4-5 spots) powered the offense, with big boppers DeGroat and O’Brien driving in three runs apiece.
Player AB R H RBI
Corcino Ruddy cf……… 4 2 2 2
Leonardo Edvard rf……. 4 1 2 0
DeGroatFrank c……….. 3 2 2 3
O’Brien Rob dh/p……… 4 1 2 3
YouTube Video of Rob O’Brien’s HR in AAU Title Game
This video was shot by Jim Flanagan during the 2009 AAU International Tournament title game between the Chicago/NY Dominicana team from the Dominican Republic, and the Midwest Stampede, of Iowa. Most valuable pitcher Rob O’Brien is at the plate, his team leading 3-0. He hit a three run homer, breaking the game open, and staking his team to a 6-0 lead. They would go on the win the game, 8-0, and capture the 2009 AAU International Tournament crown. The Dominican Republic won the very first AAU title, back in 2000 when there were just eight teams. This year’s field of teams grew to a record forty (40).