Team makes it to championship round, finishes second
Keystone 9, Tri-Valley 1
CRESSONA — One inning turned out to be the difference in Tri-Valley’s run in the Little League playoffs.
With the two teams scoreless for the first half of the game, Keystone scored nine runs in the fourth inning to end Tri-Valley’s season. Landin Bordner and Keystone’s Cru Stover were locked in a pitcher’s duel for the first few innings before a series of walks, errors and hits put the game away for Keystone.
Tri-Valley’s only run came in the sixth, starting with a walk to Jake Tietsworth, a wild pitch to move him to second and then Mason Boltz bringing him home with a double, but that would be all she wrote for the local heroes, finishing second in the section playoffs.
Tri-Valley — 000 001 — 1 6 2
Keystone — 000 90x — 9 7 0
W — Stover. L — Bordner.
Hits: Tri-Valley — Wetzel, Bordner 2, Boltz 2, Umbenhauer. Keystone — Stover 2, Conklin, A. Probst 2, Irvin 2.
2B — Bordner.
Tri-Valley 7, Mifflinburg 4
CRESSONA — A four-run deficit in sweltering summer heat was not enough to melt the spirits of the Tri-Valley Little League team as they rallied back to defeat Mifflinburg and reach the Section 3 9-11-year-old championship round.
Down 4-0 in the third, the rally started with Jaydon Kroh smacking the ball over the center-field fence, cutting the lead to 4-1. The fourth inning started the same way, this time with Braxton Schwartz sending the pitch over the fence, putting Tri-Valley down by only two.
Levi Umbenhauer then tied it up with a two-run single, knotting the game 4-4 after four innings. Kade Deeter put Tri-Valley up for good with a two-run double in the fifth. An insurance run in the sixth put Tri-Valley up 7-4 for the win and a rematch with Keystone in the championship round.
Mason Boltz pitched five good innings to pick up the win on the mound, while Kameron Wetzel picked up the save and was Tri-Valley’s top hitter with a 3-for-4 day with two runs scored.
Tri-Valley — 001 321 — 7 10 5
Mifflinburg — 220 000 — 4 6 2
W — Boltz. L — Diehl. Sv — Wetzel.
Hits: Tri-Valley — Wetzel 3, Schwartz, Deeter, Boltz 2, Umbenhauer 2, Kroh. Mifflinburg — Diehl, Chambers, Dressler, Shoemaker, Irvin, Rokavec.
2B — Deeter, Umbenhauer, Rokavec. HR — Schwartz, Kroh.
Keystone 11, Tri-Valley 5
CRESSONA — Tri-Valley grabbed the early lead, but Keystone was just too powerful for them, dropping Tri-Valley into the elimination bracket with the loss.
The local team got their first run on a walk, but Keystone came back with four runs in the first and lever looked back. Tri-Valley rallied back in the fifth. Down 7-2, they started the inning with three straight singles before Kole Miller brought one run in through a sacrifice and a two-run double by Lucas Troutman to bring them within two.
Keystone, however, came back in the bottom half of the inning with four more runs, shutting down Tri-Valley in this game. Jake Tietsworth had the other RBI for Tri-Valley, knocking in a run in the third, but was the losing pitcher of record on the mound.
Tri-Valley — 101 030 — 5 10 2
Keystone — 410 24x — 11 14 0
W — Gill. L — Tietsworth.
Hits: Tri-Valley — Wetzel, Bordner 2, Schwartz, Deeter, Tietsworth, Kroh, Boltz 2, L. Troutman. Keystone — Simcox 3, Brush, Stover 3, Conklin, King 2, A. Probst, Gill, K. Probst, Irvin.
2B — Simcox 2, Brush, Stover, K. Probst, Tietsworth, Schwartz. 3B — Stover. HR — Stover.
Tri-Valley 19, Southern Tioga 0
CRESSONA — Tri-Valley opened up play in Section 3 9-11-year-old tournament in a big way July 21, coming away with a 19-0 win in four innings against Southern Tioga at Cressona.
After putting up a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, the floodgates opened up for Tri-Valley as the team scored five runs in the second, then six apiece in the final two.
Landin Bordner completed three-fourths of a hitting cycle in the win, notching a double, triple and home run in his three hits while Kameron Wetzel added three of his own. Eight different players hit safely for Tri-Valley in the win.
Mason Boltz, Wetzel, and Kole Miller combined their efforts on the mound to hold Southern Tioga to just one hit in the game.
Tri-Valley — 256 6 — 19 15 0
Southern Tioga — 000 0 — 0 1 3
W — Wetzel. L — Burleigh.
Hits: Tri-Valley — Wetzel 3, Bordner 3, Schwartz 2, Umbenhauer 2, Tietsworth, Boltz, Kroh 2, L. Troutman. Southern Tioga — Wesneski.
2B — Bordner, Schwartz , Umbenhauer, Boltz, Kroh. 3B — Bordner, Kroh. HR — Bordner.