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July 22, 2013

American Legion playoffs: Aggressive running pays off for Milton in Region V tournament win

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"You've got to know your limit, but Michael is quick," Byers said. "He surprised me."

Porter's own hustle on the play wound up turning his routine-looking groundball into a two-run single.

Milton regained the lead it had lost in the bottom of the third on a two-run triple by Cole Stetzar. The hit was the fourth in six at-bats to start the tournament by West Scranton's 14-year-old shortstop.

Mark Artley made sure to protect his second lead of the day.

After Stetzar's triple, the Milton pitcher gave up just two hits over the final 6 1/3 innings. Artley retired 14 of the final 15 batters to complete his six-hitter.

"I felt more confident with my command," Artley said. "I felt like I could control any pitch.

"I had a couple of games like that in high school where I had a rough inning or two then came back to finish the game."

Milton added the final run in the fifth inning.

J.T. Fogleman singled, stole second and scored on a Tylor Moyer single with one out.

The first four Milton runs were scored with two outs. In both the third and fourth innings, West Scranton pitcher David Boyle retired the first two batters.

Hits by Porter and Brandon Stokes led to two unearned runs to open the scoring in the third.

Bridge and Jacobs had consecutive singles before Damian Moyer walked in the fourth.

Damian Moyer finished 2-for-4 with a walk.

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