In a battle of two previously unbeaten tournament teams, Newtown scored seven runs in the last three innings, including four in its last at-bat, to edge Upper Perkiomen, 7-6, in a winners’ bracket game of the Pennsylvania Youth American Legion State Tournament on Monday at First Commonwealth Field.
Both teams play today. West Lawn Eastern Regional tournament champ Upper Perkiomen takes on Western Regional tournament runner-up Murrysville at 4:30 p.m., and Pottstown Eastern Regional champ Newtown faces Bloomsburg at 7 p.m.
Upper Perkiomen trailed 3-2 before plating four runs on four hits and three errors in the top of the seventh to take a 6-3 lead. Levi Stoudt highlighted the rally with a two-run single.
But the resilient Tropics didn’t fold in the bottom of the seventh, piling up four singles and a double and scoring four runs to earn a comeback win. James Closser ripped a two-out RBI single to right field to score Matt Hand for the game-winning run. Closser led Newtown by going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
John Coppola went 2-for-4 for Newtown. Coppola also pitched a third of an inning in relief and picked up the win.
Tom Aaron doubled twice and drove in a run for Upper Perkiomen. Erik Stalford singled twice and drove in a run.
Losing pitcher Stoudt struck out five and walked one in 6 1-3 innings.
BLOOMSBURG 5, BEECH CREEK 3: Bloomsburg used a three-run rally in the fifth inning to pull away for a win over Beech Creek in an elimination game.
Bloomsburg advanced to play Newtown at 7 p.m. today for a spot in the championship round.
Bloomsburg erased a two-run deficit by plating three runs on three errors, three passed balls, two walks and a hit batsman in the top of the fifth to take a 4-3 lead.
Two innings later, Tyson Thrush cracked an RBI single that scored Coty Kashner, extending Bloomsburg’s lead to 5-3.
Brittan Kittle led Bloomsburg with two doubles and an RBI. Thrush finished 2-for-3.
Kashner struck out two in four innings to notch the win.
Losing pitcher Caleb Seyler struck out six and walked two in 4 2-3 innings of relief.
MURRYSVILLE 13, HEMPFIELD EAST 1: Murrysville amassed 11 hits and scored nine runs in the first two innings to roll over Hempfield East in an elimination game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Murrysville squares off with Upper Perkiomen at 4:30 p.m. today for a spot in the championship round.
Bryce Halleck and Cody Carlson each had two hits and two RBIs to power Murrysville. Casen Wolinsky and Ben Ramey each singled in two runs, and Michael Krauza and Luciano Besh each went 2-for-2 with an RBI.
Bryce struck out three and walked one in five innings to pick up the win.