Upper Dauphin County keeps alive in Little League tourney

Team wins District 24 title in comeback victory


Players and coaches of the Upper Dauphin County 11 and 12 year old all star team, the Pennsylvania District 24 champions, are, from left, first row, Bryant Hoover and Dawson Klinger; second row, Colton Zerby, Owen Shoop, Serene Boyer, Nic Joseph, Brady Evans, Hunter Zerby, and Wil Laskowski; third row, head coach Kevin Hoover, Brayden Shadle, Aiden Miller, assistant coach Bryan Evans, assistant coach Carly Underkoffler, Zak Underkoffler, John Dempsey and bookkeeper Joey Shoop.

TOWER CITY – Down 6-0 with three innings to play, Upper Dauphin County manager Kevin Hoover reminded his team of the heartbreak they suffered last year to Cressona and how they were one of the best teams in District 24 LL play.
The youngsters, ages 10 to 12 took it all to heart, rallying back to bring home a victory and the Pennsylvania District 24 title with a 8-7 win over Cressona on July 12 in Tower City.
After spotting Cressona the lead, UDC started their comeback in the third when Wil Laskowski scored on a RBI single by Zak Underkoffler, making it 6-1. In the fourth, Upper Dauphin’s bats came alive, with hits by Brady Evans and Brayden Shales, putting runners on first and third. A walk loaded the bases and then Hunter Zerby hit a sacrifice fly to score Evans, putting the score at 6-2.
After Nic Joseph singled, Underkoffler came up to bat, putting the first pitch out of the park for a grand slam home run, tying the game at 6-6.
Cressona got a run in the fifth to take back the lead, but UDC came back swinging again, starting the fifth with Evans’ double, who then advanced

to third on a sacrifice groundout and then beat out a throw from a grounder to the second baseman that tied the game at 7-7 with the winning run, Colten Zerby on first.
Zerby moved to third on two wild pitches, and then scored the winning run after the shortstop couldn’t make the throw after diving for a grounder.
The win put the all-stars at a 7-0 record for the playoffs and advanced them to Section 3 play which began July 16.
Cressona — 204 010 — 7 11 2
Upper Dauphin County — 001 52x — 8 9 3
W — C. Zerby. L — Guers.
Hits: Cressona — Moyer, Koch 2, Devitt, Heydt 2, Carroll 2, Kline, McNitsky, Hine. Upper Dauphin County — Joseph, Underkoffler 3, Evans 2, Shadle, Miller, Laskowski.
2B — Hine, Evans, Shadle. HR — Underkoffler.
Keystone 25, Upper Dauphin County 14
SAYRE — In a game that features the two teams hitting 13 home runs combined, Upper Dauphin County suffered the first loss of their season, losing to Keystone in the opening contest of the Section 3 12-year-old tournament on July 17.
Zak Underkoffler continued his torrid hitting pace with a 4-for-4 day with a home run, Nik Joseph went 2-for-3 with two home runs. Dawson Klinger took the loss for UDC, which now must make their way through the elimination bracket to stay alive.
Keystone — 301 7(12)2 — 25 23 1
Upper Dauphin County — 407 030 — 14 11 2
W — McCloskey. L — Klinger.
Hits: Keystone — Major 4, McCloskey 2, Falls 2, Probst 3, Bendik 3, Thompson 5, Myers 2, Miller 2. Upper Dauphin County — Joseph 2, Shoop, Hoover, Evans, Dimpsey, Zerby, Underkoffler 4.
2B — Major 2, Bendik, Thompson, Myers. HR — Major 2, McCloskey, Falls, Probst, Bendik, Thompson, Joseph 2, Shoop, Evans, Underkoffler.
Upper Dauphin County 10, Sayre 6
SAYRE — Scoring in all five innings they batted, Upper Dauphin County continued their quest for the Section 3 Little League crown, defeating host team Sayre in an elimination game on July 17.
Upper Dauphin was scheduled to play South Columbia on Monday for a berth in the championship round, but the game was postponed to July 19 because of rain. Should UDC win, they will have to beat Keystone, the only team to beat the all-star squad this season twice in two days to win the Section 3 crown.
In the back and forth game against Sayre, Upper Dauphin jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Sayre came back in the third with four runs, but UDC tied it up 4-4 in the bottom half of the inning. Sayre went up 6-4 in the fourth, before Upper Dauphin came back with six runs in two innings to take the victory.
Zak Underkoffler hit two home runs in the win, including a three-run shot in the fifth to seal the victory. John Dempsey got the win on the mound.
Sayre — 004 200 — 6 5 1
Upper Dauphin County — 121 33x — 10 13 1
W — Dempsey. L — Northup.
Hits: Sayre — Rude, L. Horton, B. Horton, Northup, Fabbri. Upper Dauphin County — Joseph 2, Underkoffler 3, Shoop, Hoover, Evans 2, Shadle, Dempsey, Laskowski 2.
2B — L. Horton, Hoover, Evans, Laskowski. HR — Fabbri, Underkoffler.

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