The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 23, 2013

Little League Baseball: Big first inning lifts Montoursville past Upper Dauphin


Montoursville started to show patience at the plate after Sechrist's first home run to extend an inning that had completely changed the outlook of the final. After Maison Grow left the mound for Upper Dauphin after following Sechrist's first at-bat with a walk, Montoursville quickly adjusted to a new hurler.

Three walks, a pair of hits and a pair of errors later, Sechrist was walking back to the batter's box for his second hack of the first inning.

Fans chattered as Sechrist walked up, possibly discussing the chances of witnessing another grand slam by the same hitter in one inning. Sechrist proved that his first longball was not a fluke, sending a pitch from Macklin Ayers deep into right field after blasting a pitch to center in his first at-bat.

One hitter later, the first inning was over with a crooked number on the scoreboard and Cameron Wood walking out to the mound with run support to work with.

A fine pitching performance can be lost in the shuffle when his team scores 20 runs, but Wood showed composure in the later innings to shut down Upper Dauphin. Wood benefitted from quick throws and diving catches from his defense in his three innings of work.

Wood set down Upper Dauphin in the second inning in order, showing that he was not rattled after allowing a first-inning two-run shot to Chase Bond. The home run to Bond proved to be the lone time in his outing where Wood faced imminent trouble.

In the third inning, Upper Dauphin had two runners in scoring position, but each was quickly retired. After a pitch, Logan Ott -- who was behind the plate for Montoursville -- noticed that Kade Motter was leaning off of second base and quickly snapped a throw to second to nab Motter. A double-play ended the threat and gave Wood two scoreless frames after the first inning.

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