Hanover-1’s Michael Blazaski (facing forward) is consoled by teammate Jack Windt after the final out of the Little League Section 5 Major Baseball championship on Wednesday. Carbino Club halted a rally in the bottom of the sixth to win the title 4-2.Pete G. Wilcox/The Times Leader
Hanover-1’s Randy Florek (left) and Matt Kuhl collide in the outfield, but Kuhl holds onto the ball for the out in Wednesday’s Section 5 Little League Championship game against Carbino Club in Jessup.Pete G. Wilcox/The Times Leader
JESSUP — Of all the comebacks the Hanover-1 all-stars mustered throughout tournament play, they faced the biggest one yet Wednesday evening with the Little League major baseball Section 5 title on the line.
They had no hits through five innings, a four-run deficit and one last hope to continue playing.
But as third baseman Colby Bailleau cut off a slow roller to record the final out, Carbino Club held off Hanover-1 4-2 to advance to the Pennsylvania East Division playoffs this weekend.
“Down four runs in the bottom of the sixth, a lot of teams would just lay down,” Hanover-1 manager Jack Windt said. “These guys come back and got one over the fence and had two guys on. It’s unfortunate it didn’t happen.”
District 32 champion Carbino looked well on its way to the state tournament after 5 ½ innings, holding a 4-0 lead behind an outstanding pitching performance by Dominic Bordo. The lefty hadn’t allowed a hit and D16 champion Hanover-1 managed to get one ball out of the infield, a popout that second baseman Brandon Peters snagged a few steps into right field.
“With him, as long as we keep him calm he’s as good as they get on the mound,” Carbino manager Todd Peters said. “Right through, I think we made one error.”
Hanover-1 made one more effort to solve Bordo, who was working the outside corner of the plate with precision.
Jacob Barber opened Hanover-1’s final inning by dropping a single into left-center field. An out later, Dominic Vitale crushed Bordo’s 85th and final pitch well over the right field fence to cut the deficit to 4-2.
After reliever Max Kranick got a strikeout, Hanover-1’s Randy Florek legged out an infield single and Michael Blazaskie walked.
Matt Kuhl then hit a grounder to short that hugged the infield grass and looked like trouble until Bailleau fielded it charging hard to his left and flipped to second for the force out.
“Unfortunately, this is the second year in a row we’ve watched someone run around with that (Section 5) banner,” Windt said. “When we were 11, we were runners-up in the section. I felt we were going to break it open there.”
Hanover-1 had a single baserunner in the first four innings and put none in scoring position. Carbino got a strikeout/double play in the third to quell a no-out situation.
“When they put the bat on the ball, we made the plays,” Peters said. “That’s the key to the game.”
Alex Rodway had the game-winning hit for Carbino, a bases-loaded single with one out in the fifth that scored two runs. Until that point, it appeared Bryce Cholish’s run-scoring single in the second and Robbie Nardelli’s solo homer in the third were going to be enough for offense.
Carbino will play Section 8 champion Council Rock Newtown at 8 p.m. Friday at Dandy Lion Little League in Moscow.
“I hope they go a long way,” said Windt, whose team’s only two losses in tournament play were to Carbino. “I hope I see them down Williamsport. There is nothing better to say than the only team you lost to is the team that wins it all.
“We’re pushing for them, we’re cheering for them.”
|Kranick c||4||0||0||0||JBarber 3b||3||1||1||0|
|Peters 2b||3||1||0||0||Pack ss||2||0||0||0|
|RNardelli ss||3||2||1||1||Callahan ph||1||0||0||0|
|Bordo p||2||0||1||0||Vitale c||2||1||1||2|
|DNardelli lf||3||0||1||0||Windt 1b||2||0||0||0|
|Rodway 1b||3||1||2||2||Florek lf||3||0||1||0|
|Bailleau cf||1||0||1||0||Blazaskie rf||0||0||0||0|
|Puza cf||2||0||2||0||Kremenic rf||1||0||0||0|
|NBarber 3b||1||0||0||0||Kuhl cf||3||0||0||0|
|Rowe 3b||2||0||0||0||Wickiser p||2||0||0||0|
|Cholish rf||1||0||0||1||Krugel 2b||1||0||0|
E – Carbino 1, Hanover-1 1. DP – Carbino 1. LOB – Carbino 8, Hanover-1 4. HR – RNardelli, Vitale. CS – Krugel.
HBP – Bordo (by Wickiser).
Chad Phillips went 5 1/3 innings and struck out 11 batters, allowing only one hit to lead National. Jimmy Barlow chipped in with a solo home run to break a 1-1 tie in the fourth. Tommy Kalpin and Matthew Reynolds each added an RBI for the winners.
Josh Kytor ripped a double to lead Ed/Lark.
Ryan Hogan tossed five innings and struck out four, while Mike Mahalick picked up the save for Kingston. Hogan also drove in all of Kingston’s four runs with a grand slam in the first inning.
Joe Olszyk had a triple and a RBI, while teammate Conner Cormier chipped in with a triple for Nanticoke.
Adam Giovanelli blasted a three-run home run to lead Plains-1 to victory. David Staskiel and Mike Wozniak each added three hits and Giovanelli was the winning pitcher, striking out five.
Tommy Norton and Jeremy Stach each had a single for Swoyersville.
Logan Zavada led the Forty Fort attack with a single, double and four runs scored. Mike Conway added a single, a double and two runs scored while Jared Kozich picked up the win on the mound.
John Mitchell smacked a two-run home run for Hanover-2.
Matt Evans led Forty Fort with a complete game on the mound. Evans and four other players all had hits in the win.
Tony Molitoris went 3-for-3 and scored two runs to lead Hanover past Plains. Jordan Choman was 2-for-2 with three runs scored, while Kyle Windt struck out six to notch the win.
Frank Castano paced Swoyersville with a pair of singles.