Brookline Little League Association
Citisports Baseball/Softball
Mayor's Cup Championship - 2022

Brookline Little League Association players and fans made what has become a yearly pilgrimage to PNC Park, this time to once again cheer on their 12-Under and 15-Under girls, both competing for the fourth year in a row for the prestigious Pittsburgh Citisports Mayor's Cup championship on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. Among the Brookline faithful, expectations were high for another double-repeat championship for our local girls.

When the pleasant afternoon's games had come to a close, Brookline's 15-Under ladies walked away with their third title in-a-row, beating Southside by the score of 4-1. In the preceeding contest their 12-Under younger sisters fell in the seventh and final inning, losing a heart-breaker to Mount Washington, 8-7.

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Pittsburgh Mayor's Cup Championship - July 26, 2022

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12-Under Girls

Brookline's 12-Under team, winners of the past three Mayor's Cup championship games, returned to PNC Park in a bid to make it four consecutive Pittsburgh city triumphs. The girls in grey played with determination while mounting a sixth-inning comeback and clinging to a 7-6 lead going into the final frame.

That slim, one-run advantage was the result of a timely Bailey Exler double in the bottom half of the sixth inning. There were two runners on, two outs, and Brookline was down 6-5. Exler's two-bagger brought home Bailey Wyland and Maddie Woods with the go-ahead runs, setting off a frenzy of excitement amongst the Brookline fans and players alike.

In the last inning, Mount Washington held Brookline's bats in check, returning to the bench down one run, 7-6, with but three outs remaining. Unfortunately for the legion of local fans, a couple of timely hits and some speedy base-running sealed Brookline's fate. The Mount Washington girls eeked out two runs, walking off with an 8-7 victory and claim to the Pittsburgh Mayor's Cup championship.

Pittsburgh Mayor's Cup Championship - July 26, 2022

At the plate, Brookline batters banged out thirteen hits: Ava Porter (triple), Dana Jones (single, triple), Ava Swimkowsky (double, single), Bailey Wyland (two singles), Maddie Woods (two singles), Bailey Exler (double), Jamirah Hailsham (single), Lily Messina (single) and Liv Lander (single). In the field, shortstop Dana Jones played well and tallied several assists and a couple put-outs to highlight the Brookline defense.

Members of the Brookline 12U Girls Softball Mayor's Cup Runner-Up team include: Ava Porter, Dana Jones, Ava Swimkowsky, Bailey Wyland, Maddie Woods, Morgan Wyland, Bailey Exler, Jamirah Hailsham, Lily Messina, Emily Messina, Liv Lander and Kamryn Woods. The coaches were Tara Garrubba, Joelynn Jones, Carly Wyland, James Exler and Mike Messina.

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Long-Overdue Recognition for a Legendary Coach

For Brookline's 12-Under coach Tara Garrubba, this was her ninth appearance in the Mayor's Cup classic. Tara-led teams have won seven times (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2021) and lost just twice (2013, 2022). At what point on a career timeline does the term "legend" become appropriate?

It is this writer's opinion that the honor is long overdue for this fine and well-tenured coach.


15-Under Girls

Brookline's 15-Under girls made their seventh trip to Pittsburgh's Mayor's Cup championship game, at PNC Park on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. These Brookline ladies dispatched the girls from the Southside, by the score of 4-1, to claim their fourth title in seven attempts.

Pittsburgh Mayor's Cup Championship - July 26, 2022

Southside jumped off to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning. Brookline countered with three runs in the second off the bats of Jayla Carrington, B.B. Stowe, Mariah Chajkowski and JuJu Zilch.

The Brookline girls extended their lead by a run in the fourth, once again the result of big hits by Carrington and Stowe. That three-run edge held for the remainder of the game, and Brookline once again took their place next to the Mayor's Cup for the obligatory championship team photo!

Brookline batters banged out eight hits: Alaina Hogel (single), Jayla Carrington (triple, double), B.B. Stowe (double, single), Mariah Chajkowski (single) and JuJu Zilch (single). In the field, everyone sporting a glove contributed to a fine defensive effort.

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Members of the Brookline 15U Girls Softball Mayor's Cup Championship team include: Gabby Dietz, Jaedyn (JuJu) Zilch, Breanna (B.B.) Stowe, Mariya Chajkowski, Cheyenne Kepler-Rose, Quinn Phinney, Aubrey Williamson, Bri Oneil, Madison McElroy, Bailey Wyland, Alaina Hogel, Hayley Willy, Alexa Hogel and Jayla Carrington. The coaches were Justin Dietz, Eric Zilch, Glen Zilch and ___ Wyland.

Pittsburgh Mayor's Cup Championship - July 26, 2022


Previous Brookline winners include the 1995 Little League boys, the 2012 12-Under girls, the 2012 15-Under girls, the 2014 12-Under girls, the 2015 12-Under girls, the 2016 Little League boys, the 2016 12-Under girls, the 2016 18-Under girls, the 2017 18-Under girls, the 2018 12-Under girls, the 2018 18-Under girls, the 2019 Pony League boys, the 2019 Colt League boys, the 2019 Super Colt boys, the 2019 12-Under girls and the 2019 15-Under girls, the 2021 12-Under girls and the 2021 16-Under girls.

Others to reach the title game were the 1994 Little League boys, the 2013 12-Under girls, the 2013 15-Under girls, the 2015 12-Under girls, the 2016 15-Under girls and the 2017 Little League boys, the 2018 15-Under girls, the 2018 Pony League boys, the 2018 Colt League boys and the 2019 Little League boys.

Photos provided by Clint Burton and Sue Lucas.

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