The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 20, 2013

Little League all-stars: South Columbia avenges loss against Upper Dauphin in Section 3 final


"Dylan throws strikes," Don Harris said. "That's what we need. He had six full innings today so he did his job."

After the long delay, Harris stepped into the batter's box with a chance to give himself extra breathing room on the mound. However, Upper Dauphin was sporting their rally caps and had one last gasp to stay in the game.

A force-out at home gave Upper Dauphin the first out as Harris reached on a fielder's choice. A strikeout and a pop-up in foul play allowed Upper Dauphin to escape the jam unscathed and motivate a team capable of stringing together big innings.

Leading off the sixth, Dylan Devlin blasted a solo home run to left to give Harris extra cushion to work with. Harris made the most of his chance to start after providing power off of the bench early in the tournament.

Harris and his defense had other ideas. Two long fly balls caught in centerfield put Mason Evans in the batter's box as the last chance for Upper Dauphin. A soft liner to short retired Evans and allowed South Columbia to celebrate a victory that had taken longer than expected.

Erasing memories of a 15-3 loss to Upper Dauphin in a winner's bracket game on Tuesday, South Columbia took the field ready to battle to keep their season alive.

A five-run third inning helped South Columbia to sweep aside a two-run deficit. Sending 11 hitters to the plate in the inning, South Columbia quickly turned the momentum in its favor and put Upper Dauphin back on its heels. A two-run single by Tanner Stout tied the game at two and Devlin singled home a run two batters later to give South Columbia its first lead.

A pair of walks with the bases loaded brought two runs in to increase South Columbia's lead to 5-2.

Upper Dauphin answered with two runs in the top of the fourth on back-to-back singles from Evans and Jesse Engle to cut the lead to one, but a fielder's choice at second base ended the threat.

Patrick Yost singled home a run in the bottom half of the inning to push the lead to 6-4.

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