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July 22, 2013

Little League: Homer kick starts Upper Dauphin's offense past Danville in Section 3 losers' bracket final

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"We played a tough game today," Danville assistant coach Mike Kopelcheck said. "We hit the ball hard. We just didn't find any holes."

Danville hit balls hard against Kerwin when it managed contact, but more often than not, Upper Dauphin fielders were there to make the play.

It also didn't hurt Upper Dauphin that Kerwin was in a rhythm after allowing a solo home run to Sidler in the first. Kerwin went the distance for Upper Dauphin in a must-win game, striking out four to grab the victory.

"I was hoping I could use (Sam) for six innings," Lentz said. "He's a big part of our pitching staff."

Lentz nearly wasn't able to use Kerwin for six innings as Danville started to rally in the bottom of the sixth inning, trailing 9-2.

Danville has fought for wins earlier this season and appeared poised to have one more comeback in its bats. Down to its last out with a runner on first, K.J. Riley hit a fly ball down the rightfield line with Coleton Gessner running over to try and record the final out. Gessner dove but the ball glanced off of the edge of his glove, giving Riley a double.

Sidler singled home Mavin James from third but Kerwin induced a fielder's choice to end the game.

Upper Dauphin extended its lead on the strength of a four-run fifth inning in which it sent 10 hitters to the plate. The first six batters reached base safely in the inning to put pressure on the Danville defense.

Despite facing a 9-2 deficit, Danville did not pack it in defensively. On a hit by Gessner in the top of the sixth, Sidler came up firing in right to nail Gessner stretching a single into a double to end the inning.

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