Sunday's Baseball Round-Up:Mount Ephraim’s Don Eaise’s Hit the Game Winner; Next Stop LL Sectional Finals
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Little League-Don Eaise's grounder with the infield in and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning propelled Mount Ephraim to the Senior Little League Section 4 finals with a dramatic 9-8 victory over Monroe Township in a losers' bracket game Saturday.
Eaise's hit highlighted a wild seventh, during which Monroe Township erased a four-run deficit with five runs to take an 8-7 lead before Mount Ephraim rallied.
Winning pitcher Wade Gies, who got the final two outs in the top of the inning, singled to score Matt Roland, who led off the bottom of the seventh with a double, to tie it. Following back-to-back walks, Eaise hit the game-winner.
Gies had two hits and four RBIs to go along with the win, preserving a stellar effort by teammate Pat Tassi, who hurled the first six innings and allowed just one earned run before being relieved because his pitch count reached a state-mandated 95.
Mount Ephraim now faces North Cumberland, the winners' bracket finalist which won their first tournament meeting 5-1, at 6 p.m. Monday at Franklin Township. A win for Mount Ephraim would force a one-game championship on Tuesday.
Senior American Legion: Casey Havers and Alex Dalsey combined for seven hits and eight RBIs as West Deptford stopped Cherry Hill 18-7.
Washington Township scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to seal a 9-1 win over Atco. Rob Swift was the winning pitcher.
Mike Rogers had a double, triple and four RBIs as Gibbsboro pounded Pennsauken 20-1. Ryan Kennedy went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer and four RBIs.
Joe Merlino had a two-run homer in the second inning as Gibbsboro topped Pennsauken 8-3. Evan Lang struck out four in three innings of work.
Junior American Legion: In a first round state playoff game, Mike Schwartz struck out six batters in five innings of relief as Seneca defeated Madison-Florham Park 3-2 in nine innings.
Seneca scored the winning run when Shaun Flynn's bases-loaded walk plated Chris Cocozza. Dan Lawrence and Tyler Firth were each 2-for-4, with Firth driving in a pair of runs in the third.
Kerry Herndon and Kyle Brown added doubles for the winners.
Babe Ruth 15: GVAA scored 13 runs in the top of the fifth en route to a 15-3 win over Haddon Township.
Anthony Clay had two hits and four RBIs for the winners, while Nick Sulpizio had a two-run single in the fifth. Mike Tyrrell was the winning pitcher.
District 13 Little League: In the 9-10 division, Haddonfield scored nine runs in the bottom of the third and went on for a 13-1 win over Haddon Township.
Drew Dark, Charlie Clarke, Jake Thorndike and Alex Samaha had two RBIs apiece.
District 15 Little League: In 9-10 action, East Greenwich held on for a 7-5 win over Woodbury. Greg Westlie was the winning pitcher, with Peter Bradian highlighting a six-run third with a three-run single. Anthony Harrold homered in the loss.
Swedesboro scored in every inning for a 15-9 win over Harrison Township. Kurt Richter, Kevin Carr and Garret Hoagland had two doubles apiece. Kevin Kosinski and Shane Sweeney also homered.
In Senior action, Glassboro stayed unbeaten with a 13-0 win over Deptford 13-0 as Dan Snyder fanned six batters. Rick Tunstall homered and Kyle Jones had a grand slam.
Cal Ripken 11: Nicholas Browne scattered three hits in three innings of work as GVAA topped Marlton 14-2 in the state tournament winners' bracket.