The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 29, 2013

Little League: Selinsgrove junior all-stars use seventh-inning rally to top Juniata


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LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

NEW BERLIN -- Trailing by three runs and down to its final three outs of the game, the Selinsgrove Junior Division All-Star team picked no better time to get its bats out.

Selinsgrove scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to comeback and take a 7-6 victory over Juniata in a District 13 winners' bracket game Saturday at New Berlin Legion Field.

Morgan Fisher got the rally started with a single hit just inside the right field foul line. Dawson Klinger followed with a base hit to score pinch-runner Ricky Koch.

Kyle Mertz followed with an RBI triple and then Griffin Kirchner bounced an RBI single up the middle to tie the game at 6.

Jake Nylund then set the stage for the winning run to score by drawing a walk to reach base. And with Kirchner on third on a wild pitch, Nylund drew the attention of the Juniata pitcher on a stolen base attempt to allow Kirchner to scamper home for the winning run.

There were no outs when the winning run scored for Selinsgrove, and Mertz got the victory in relief of starter Aaron Zechman.

Mertz also led the team with three hits, while Kirchner and Klinger finished with two hits apiece.

Selinsgrove now plays Danville in the winners' bracket final on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Junior Division

n Warrior Run 23,

Mifflinburg 1 (5 inn.)

NEW BERLIN -- Warrior Run pounded out 25 hits and scored at least six runs in three of the five innings to cruise to the elimination bracket win.

Bryce Woland led Warrior Run by going 4-for-5 at the plate. Noah Showers, Dylan Zettlemoyer, Tyler Leighow, Michael Muffly and Gage Anzulavich added three hits apiece in the victory.

Warrior Run survives and faces Juniata on Monday at 5 p.m.

Major Division

n Snyder County 2,

Warrior Run 0

LEWISBURG -- Just one hit, a two-run home run by Orry Walter, was all it took for Snyder County to take the elimination bracket win.

Walter's homer came in the second inning, and Ethan Richards did the rest to get the complete-game victory. Richards struck out 10 and gave up just two hits.

Snyder County next plays Mifflinburg today at 1 p.m.

n Juniata 13,

Shik-Acorn 3 (5 inn.)

LEWISBURG -- The Juniata County Major All-Stars scored seven runs in the first inning before a single out was recorded to grab the elimination bracket win.

Brian Snyder and Mason Minnier both went 2-for-3 to lead Shik-Acorn, and Cameron Schreffler hit a triple in the loss.

Juniata next plays Selinsgrove today at 3 p.m. for the right to stay in the tournament.

9-10 Division

n Selinsgrove 7,

Juniata 1

NORTHUMBERLAND -- Nate Schon hit two home runs to power Selinsgrove to its first victory of the District 13 Area II Tournament.

Schon hit a three-run homer in the third inning to give Selinsgrove a 5-0 lead. He later hit a two-run shot in the fifth. Kyle Ruhl added a 2-for-3 day that also included a double for Selinsgrove.

Today Selinsgrove faces Warrior Run, a 7-5 winner over Mifflinburg, today at 1 p.m.

n Snyder County vs.

Milton

NORTHUMBERLAND -- The game was halted by rain in the middle of the first inning. The entire game will be played today at 11 a.m. at Acorn Park.

AMERICAN LEGION

n Milton 3,

Jersey Shore 2 (10 inn.)

JERSEY SH0RE -- An RBI single in the 10th inning by J.P. Fogelman scored Cody Shafffer with the winning run to give Milton the West Branch League win.

Taylor Porter went 3-for-4 and Shaffer finished 2-for-4 for Milton (7-4), which picked up a line drive double play to end the game in the 10th.