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GWA finishes second at LL Eastern Regionals

PA Senior Champions push Maryland state champs to final game

Trent Grove takes a cut for GWA during the Championship Game at the Senior LL Eastern Regional.

The Greater Wyoming Area Senior LL Baseball team won the District 31, Section 5 and Pennsylvania State titles before finishing second at the Senior LL Eastern Regional Tournament in New Jersey this past week.

Collin Herron fires a pitch for Greater Wyoming Area against Maryland on Thursday at the Senior LL Eastern Regional.

Greater Wyoming Area’s run in the Senior Little League Eastern Regional came up one game short as the Pennsylvania state championship pushed Maryland state champ Home Run Baker Easton of Talbot, MD to the brink in a 12-7 loss on Thursday afternoon at the West Deptford Little League in Thorofare, NJ.

GWA finished the Regional with a 6-2 record after making its way through the elimination bracket after losing its second game of the tournament.

Greater Wyoming Area beat Talbot earlier on Thursday to force a winner take all game. Talbot advances to the Senior Little League World Series in Bangor, ME this weekend.

GWA 7, Talbot (MD) 12

Greater Wyoming Area simply ran out of arms in its loss to Maryland in the Eastern Regional title game. Colin Herron got his first start of the Regional, and Tyler Wrubel and Matt Klimas both pitched for the first time in the tournament

Herron fell behind, 3-1 after two innings of work, but GWA rallied with five runs in the bottom of the second to take a 6-3 lead. Greater Wyoming Area took advantage of four Talbot errors in the inning while Trent Grove drove in two runs with a double, and Adam Romanowski connected for an RBI single.

Talbot added two more runs in the third before taking command in the fourth with four runs to take a 9-6 lead and chase Herron. Wrubel got one out in the fourth while allowing a run, and Klimas pitched the final three innings and allowed just two runs.

But GWA also ran out of offense in the finale, managing just seven hits while unable to score a run in the last three innings.

Bart Chupka added two hits and an RBI for GWA.

GWA 9, Talbot (MD) 5

In the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader, Greater Wyoming Area rallied from a 4-0 deficit to force a second game with a 9-5 win over Talbot, MD.

GWA scored six runs in the third inning, and added three more in the sixth to defeat the Maryland state champs.

Jake Granteed and Erik Walkowiak both smacked two-run doubles, and Trent Grove’s two-run single highlighted the six-run third.

Walkowiak threw a strong six innings for GWA, striking out four while allowing four earned runs and seven hits. Collin Herron pitched one-hit seventh for GWA.

Bart Chupka added two hits for the PA state champs, as did Matt Klimas. Nick O’Brien added two runs for GWA.

GWA 6, Quincy (MA) 4

Greater Wyoming Area scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-4 win from Quincy, MA and advance to the Senior Little League Eastern Regional final on Wednesday afternoon.

Trailing 4-3, Jake Granteed started the rally with a single to right and moved to third on a double by Erik Walkowiak. Granteed scored on a groundout by pinch-hitter Jordan Zezza which moved Walkowiak to third. Adam Romanowski followed with an RBI single to right to give GWA a 5-4 lead.

GWA added a run when Trent Grove drew a bases loaded walk after Nick O’Brien walked and Mike Carey singled.

Zezza and O’Brien combined to pitch a five-hitter with the latter picking up the win by pitching 2.1 innings of no-hit ball in relief. He also struck out four. Zezza pitched 4.2 innings, scattering five hits while allowing three earned runs.

O’Brien also added a single and two walks at the plate, while Carey, Granteed, Walkowiak and Romanowski all stroked two hits for GWA.

GWA 1, Stony Point (NY) 0

Adam Romanowski pitched outstanding in relief of Nick O’Brien as Greater Wyoming Area beat Stony Point, NY, 1-0, in an elimination game on Wednesday morning.

Romanowski pitched 6.2 innings of one-hit ball, and worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the first inning after coming in to relieve O’Brien who has walked three of the first four hitters as he struggled with his control.

Stony Point’s only hit was a single to lead off the third inning.

GWA scored its lone run in the top of the first when Trent Grove’s sacrifice fly scored O’Brien who had doubled to right field to start the game.

O’Brien finished with two hits on the day for GWA, and Erik Walkowiak and Matt Klimas both added singles.

GWA 11, Edgewater (CT) 1

Mike Carey pitched a gem to lead Greater Wyoming Area to its second win of the day, an 11-1, six-inning victory over Edgewater, CT on Monday night in New Jersey.

Carey pitched six innings of two-hit ball while allowing just one earned run. He struck out six and walked two in the effort, and also smacked two hits and drove in a run for GWA.

Greater Wyoming Area went ahead 5-0 after three innings before putting the game away with a five-run fifth.

The GWA offense finally came to life, led by Nick O’Brien, who scored two runs, stole two bases, and added a sacrifice fly all in the first three innings.

Matt Klimas had two hits, including a bases-loaded double to knock in two, and Bart Chupka had two hits, and three RBI, including a game-ending single that triggered the 10-run rule.

Trent Grove and Dylan Pegg also had hits for GWA which played errorless baseball.

GWA 3, West Deptford (NJ) 1

Greater Wyoming Area beat host West Deptford, NJ for the second time in the tournament as the avoided elimination with a 3-1 win at the Senior LL Eastern Regionals on Sunday afternoon.

Jake Granteed pitched a complete-game, three-hitter for the win. He struck out five and walked two in seven innings of work.

GWA jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first as it used its legs to manufacture some offense.

Nick O’Brien reached on an error, stole second and move to third on a single by Trent Grove. Grove then stole second with one out. A botched pickoff attempt allowed O’Brien to score the game’s first run and push Grove to third.

After Granteed drew a walk, GWA pulled off a double steal with Grove stealing home after New Jersey tried to throw Granteed out at second..

GWA added a run in the third when O’Brien walked, stole second, and moved to third on a Mike Carey sacrifice bunt. Grove then singled in O’Brien for the 3-0 lead.

Granteed worked out of a jam in the sixth after West Deptford scored its only run. With first and third and two outs, Granteed picked off the runner at first to end the threat.

GWA 4, Felton-Harrington (DE) 9

Greater Wyoming Area suffered its first loss of the Eastern Regionals, 9-4, to Delaware state champion Felton-Harrington on Saturday afternoon.

GWA led 3-0 heading to the bottom of the fifth, but Delaware got to starter Erik Walkowiak and relievers Jake Granteed and Nick O’Brien for nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Walkowiak struck out six in 5.2 innings of work but ran out of steam as Delaware scored four runs in the fifth.

Trent Grove led the GWA offense with two hits and an RBI. O’Brien also smacked two hits, including a home run, and drove in a run. Matt Klimas added an RBI single for GWA.

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