SANDLOT BASEBALL: Upper Perkiomen rallies to continue run through state tourney
HOMER CITY — Upper Perkiomen scored five runs in its last two at-bats and stormed back to steal a 6-4 win over Murrysville in an elimination game of the Pennsylvania Youth American Legion State Tournament on Tuesday at First Commonwealth Field.
West Lawn Eastern Regional tournament champ Upper Perkiomen (23-7), which is playing in its first state tournament since 1991, was to face Newtown in the championship round at 11 a.m. today. If the Braves defeat Newtown, the two will play again immediately afterward for the state championship. Newtown needs only one victory to claim the state title.
With Upper Perkiomen trailing 4-1, David Gehman reached base on a fielder’s choice and then scored on a Grant Templeton’s grounder later in the bottom of the fifth inning to trim Murrysville’s lead to 4-2.
The following inning, the Braves plated four runs on five walks and a hit to take a 6-4 lead. Templeton ripped a two-run double to fuel the rally. Gehman and Levi Stoudt each drew bases-loaded walks to drive in runs.
Erik Stalkford singled twice and drove in a run for Upper Perkiomen.
Winning pitcher Zach Miller struck out three and walked two in 5 1-3 innings.
Joey Keggereis singled twice and drove in a run to pace Murrysville. Luciano Besh went 2-for-3 with a double.
NEWTOWN 18, BLOOMSBURG 7: Newtown amassed 14 hits and guaranteed itself a crack at the state title for the second consecutive year with a win over Bloomsburg in a game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Bloomsburg won two of four tournament games and was eliminated. Newtown (38-3), a winner of each of its four tournament games, was to take on Upper Perkiomen at 11 a.m. today in the championship round.
Tyler Nowmos powered Newtown by going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and Jared Schram doubled and collected three RBIs. Seth Leuz singled, tripled and drove in a run, and Matt Hand singled twice and drove in two runs.
Nick Roda singled twice and drove in a run.
Roda struck out six, walked four and allowed one hit in four innings to earn the win.
Tyson Thrush singled and drove in two runs for Bloomsburg.
Losing pitcher Devon Sanderson struck out three and walked three in 2 1-3 innings.