By The Daily Item
LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
LEWISBURG -- Faced with the possibility of playing games on consecutive days, the Selinsgrove Major Division All-Star team needed all it could get out of starting pitcher Drew Gabrielson in the District 13 Area II elimination bracket game Sunday against Juniata County.
Gabrielson pitched five strong innings and Selinsgrove got a couple of timely hits to pave the way for a 4-1 victory at Danny Green Field and stave off elimination for one more day.
Now Selinsgrove must turn around and play Mifflinburg today at 7:30 p.m. to stay alive.
Gabrielson threw just 49 pitches in the game. He also struck out four, walked none and allowed just three hits.
Blaise Zeiders then entered in the sixth to close the door on Selinsgrove's victory. He struck out one of the three batters he faced.
"That was huge (what Drew did) for us. We needed that," said Selinsgrove manager Stu Zeiders. "We were going to take him out to save him for (today), but he started off so good we thought we'd ride him and we got five innings out of him.
"That was good."
Offensively for Selinsgrove, Ben Heim and Christian Kantz both hit RBI doubles in a three-run second inning.
n Selinsgrove 16,
Warrior Run 3 (4 inn.)
NORTHUMBERLAND -- After two games and a total of 23 runs scored, Selinsgrove is one step away from the Area II championship game as it crushed Warrior Run at Acorn Park.
Selinsgrove scored at least three runs in every inning, and the team pounded out a total of 14 hits in the victory.
Leading the way was Brandon Hile, who went 4-for-4 with a double and four runs scored. Nate Schon, Ryan Auman, Michael Grenfell and Travis Meckley had two hits apiece for Selinsgrove.
Meckley came off bench to do his damage. He went 2-for-2 and scored a pair of runs.
"It was a total team effort," said Selinsgrove manager April Metzger. "The boys are focusing on staying positive and putting the ball in play."
Selinsgrove next plays Shikellamy-Acorn in the winners bracket final on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Warrior Run falls into the elimination bracket and plays South Columbia today at 5:30.
n Mifflinburg 5,
NORTHUMBERLAND -- Juniata stole home in the first inning and hit an inside-the-park home run in the sixth but it was not enough as Mifflinburg took the elimination bracket win at Acorn Park.
Paul Ames raced around the bases without the ball leaving the yard to cut the lead to 5-4. In the first, Jayce White stole home to get Juniata on the board. However, when Juniata needed them most, hits were hard to come by.
"We just had a lot of trouble hitting the ball," Juniata manager Justin Austin said. "We had some very good pitching, (but) you just can't win games if you don't score runs."
Mifflinburg faces Lewisburg today at 7:30 p.m. in another elimination game.
n Danville 15,
Shamokin/MC 5 (5 inn.)
SHAMOKIN -- Danville may have to start calling Ferndale Field its second home. Scoring 15 runs for the second straight day, Danville beat Shamokin/Mount Carmel in a winners bracket game at Ferndale Field.
"Playing back-to-back really helped our hitters because they were ready to hit," Danville manager Michael Webb said.
Pounding out 13 hits, Danville scored in each of its four trips to the plate. Gradon Feldmann had three hits and three RBIs, while KJ Riley, Josh Kopelcheck, Drew Sassaman and Zac Zerbe had two hits each.
n Mifflinburg 1,
Hughesville 0 (10 inn.)
MIFFLINBURG -- An RBI single by Andrew Leitzel gave the West Branch League victory.
"It was a great game. It was one of those games where you hate to see someone lose," said Hughesville manager Gary Gordner.
Devin Hendrix, Nate Lynch and Cody Raker all went 2-for-4 for Mifflinburg.
Hughesville, which is getting set to play five games this week, likely with only nine players available, falls to 7-5 on the season.
n Danville 5,
DANVILLE -- Colton Riley shot a two-run single through the middle to spark Danville's four-run rally in the fourth inning for the Susquehanna Valley League victory.
Danville trailed Sunbury/Northumberland 2-1 when Riley came through with a two-strike count. He finished 3-for-3 for the winners (8-3), who play today at Selinsgrove.
n Line Mountain 4,
SELINSGROVE -- Wade Wetzel stepped to the plate for Line Mountain in the top of the eighth with the bases loaded, and he singled to give the visitors the Susquehanna Valley League win.
Wetzel's single scored Matt Howerter from third, and Kellen Masser shut the door in the bottom half of the inning for the win. Brady Renn also knocked in a run for Line Mountain (4-7).
Zach Hendricks drove in two runs for Selinsgrove, while Isaiah Rapp and Colby Crissinger had two hits apiece.