By Brian Holtzapple
For The Daily Item
MONTOURSVILLE -- What a difference three days and a rainout has made for the Warrior Run Junior Division All-Star Team in the Section 3 Tournament this week.
After suffering a 10-run loss to NEBALL in Wednesday's opening game, Warrior Run met the same team in Saturday's elimination bracket final that was pushed back a day by rain, and turned the tables.
This time around Warrior Run scored the runs and played spotless defense against NEBALL, leading to a 12-8 victory at Montoursville Middle School.
Thanks to a steady diet of oil (practice) the past few days, Warrior Run has knocked off the rust that it had from not playing a game prior to Wednesday. Warrior Run next plays Montoursville today at 2 p.m. for the Section 3 title, though Warrior Run would have to beat the host team twice to claim the championship.
"They played a lot better game today and they definitely came ready to play. It was a totally different game," said Warrior Run manager Ted Reynolds. "They stepped up and made the plays, got the outs -- good throws and good fielding -- and hopefully we can bring that same game tomorrow.
"We definitely have to play solid defense, and we know (Montoursville) has a solid pitcher and we have to come ready to hit the ball and move runners along."
Warrior Run got the upper hand early in the rematch with NEBALL, a combined team from Northeast Bradford and Towanda, after it scored two unearned runs in the second inning and then a run on a wild pitch in the third to take a 3-0 lead.
Holding a lead was something Warrior Run didn't get a chance to do in the first game, and it only pumped the team up more as Saturday's contest got further along.