BLAIRSVILLE — Talk about a rally.
Kovacik Insurance staged a big one.
Kovacik Insurance, facing the end of its season, scored eight runs the sixth inning, rallying from a three-run deficit for a resounding 10-5 victory over Punxsutawney to win their Indiana County Youth Legion best-of-three semifinal-round series, two games to one.
The Blairsville entry stayed alive to face Brookville, the regular-season champion, in the best-of-three championship series, which starts at 1 p.m. today in Blairsville and shifts to Brookville on Sunday. If the series is tied after Sunday’s first game at noon, a second game will follow at Brookville, which swept its semifinal series against S.W. Jack. The county champion advanced to next week’s Western Regional tournament at Homer City. S.W. Jack is the host team.
Kovacik Insurance trailed 5-2 entering the sixth and used five hits, four walks and a hit batsman to score eight runs.
Cade Simmons, batting ninth, started the rally with a single. Hank Skirboll followed with a single and Logan Platt walked to load the bases. Brayden Mickinac delivered a two-run double to make it 5-4.
After Andrew Baker drew a walk, Anthony Laser put Kovacik ahead 6-5 with a two-run single with one out.
Following a second out, Nick Reeping drew a walk and Simmons came up for the second time and drew a walk that forced in a run. Then Skirboll stepped in and stroked his second hit of the inning, a two-run single that made the score 9-5.
After Platt drew a walk, Mickinac was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and forced in the final run.
Mickinac started for Kovacik Insuranec and allowed four runs on six hits in 2 1-3 inings. Lasser took voer and yielded one run in 3.2 innings and was credited with the win. Baker nailed down the win with one inning of relief.
Alex Phillips, the third of four Punxsutawney pitchers, took the loss.
Zeke Bennett started for Punxsutawney and lasted five innings, allowing six hits and three runs.
Skirboll cranked out three hits for Kovacik Insurance. Mickinac and Baker had two apiece. Mickinac drove in four runs, and Skirboll and Lasser each had two RBIs.