ROXBURY, NJ - Thanks to the Roxbury Board of Education, Roxbury High School Baseball Coach Greg Trotter and an energetic player, the Roxbury Royals summer league baseball team got to use the high school diamond Wednesday and win a league championship.
The game, featuring the Roxbury Royals and the Sussex Wizards - who play in the Morris County Majors Baseball League - was supposed to take place at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna. However, because the season had been extended due to many rain-outs, there were no Horseshoe Lake fields available for the final game in the Royals vs. Wizards 3-game championship series.
Trotter saved the day by securing permission from the school board and then offering the high school field to the teams for the big game.
The field was not quite ready for play; it needed to be mowed and lined. And the bases needed to be taken out of storage.
So Royals second baseman Ryan Roumes, a Roxbury High School graduate who teaches in the district and works for the district's buildings and grounds department, got to work. He cut the grass, drew the base-paths, retrieved the bases and got the field ready for action.
All the last-minute work payed off as the Royals defeated the Wizards 15-7 to ward off a third game and take the championship. Roxbury had beaten Sussex 9-3 in the first game on Tuesday which was played in Sussex County.
"A lot of championships were won on this field," Roumes said. "It feels good to do it one more time."
During the game, Roumes hit two doubles, Bobbie Shannon hit a triple and Rob Kral slammed a 3-run homer. Pitching for the Royals was handled by Ryan Meloskie.
(Editor's note: Royals players not shown in the team photo, but who were big contributors to the team: Brian Dachowski, Justin Knight and Jeff Moskowitz)