By Brian Holtzapple
For The Daily Item
BERWICK -- Although it has remained unbeaten so far in the postseason, the Danville Major Division All-Star team hasn't had much room for error these days.
Three of Danville's four wins have come by one run, so it was a relief for manager Chris Persing when his team broke open a close game against Lewisburg in the District 13 championship series with a three-run third inning.
But Danville didn't stop there. The Montour County All-Stars scored three more times in the sixth to pull away for a 7-1 victory and claim the District 13 title at Ber-Vaughn Park on Monday.
"Winning the title feels great. We won three, three-run games so far coming in, so it was nice to actually have a lead of more than one run when we were heading into the last inning," said Persing. "They built up the momentum (in a 2-1 eight-inning win on Sunday). We were a little lethargic at the beginning, but we drew off the momentum and fed off each other and the kids responded well.
"Winning a game (like Sunday's) and taking it in extra innings over Lewisburg's No. 1 pitcher (Andrew Ramirez), our guys were feeling really good about themselves," added Persing. "They were confident and they were relaxed once we got started."
Danville broke a 1-all tie with its three runs in third after its first four batters reached base.
A leadoff double to right by Eric Sees was followed by singles from Shane Kozick, Preston Fausnaught and pitcher Cody Kizis. Fausnaught brought home two runs on his base hit, and the third run scored on a fielder's choice hit by Brandon McGaw.
"With the way Cody was throwing, we told the kids to chip away, get a lead and put a little pressure on Lewisburg since they were down (a game)," said Persing. "We did that and we worked (Lewisburg starting pitcher Nick) Shedleski's pitch count pretty high and made him work a little bit, and then we got to the bullpen to build the lead at the end."