MOUNT UNION — Schuylkill West became the latest county squad to bring home a VFW Teener State Championship Trophy.
The team got a big game from Dawson Schwalm to pick up a 7-1 victory over Altoona in the championship game Tuesday morning.
Schwalm came up big on the mound, holding Altoona to just four hits in the game, their only run coming in the first with an RBI single.
Schuylkill West took the early 1-0 lead in the first inning, getting its run from an RBI double by Jake Masser. That’s the way the game would stay until the fifth inning when Schwalm gave Schuylkill West the lead for good with a RBI double to the fence, scoring Willie Kimmel from first. Schwalm scored on an Alex Witmer single, making the score 3-1 after five innings.
With the game in hand, Schuykill West kept pouring it on. With two outs in the sixth, Brett Anspach and Kimmel had RBI doubles to push the game to 5-1, followed by a two-run single by Dawson Maurer that put the score at 7-1.
Schwalm had a big case for being the game’s MVP, going three-for-four at the plate with two doubles and an RBI and striking out five in the complete-game victory.
West’s victory marked the first title for a Schuylkill County team since Schuylkill North won the state teener tournament in 2011, and the eighth in county history.
Schuylkill West — 100 024 0 — 7 15 1
Altoona — 100 000 0 — 1 4 1
W — Schwalm. L — Bardalang.
Hits: Schuylkill West — Kimmel 2, Schwalm 3, D. Maurer 2. Masser 2, Witmer, Dostick, Leiby, Poletti, Ashpach. Altoona — Yon, Mierley, Hunter.
2B — Kimmel, Schwalm 2, Masser, Anspach, Hunter.