LITTLE LEAGUE – PLAYOFF GAMES

SCORES:

Tickets Unlimited 11 – Sappi 4

Messer 9 – Kiwanis 6

Eagles 3 – Dairy Queen 1

Lions 7 – Phoenix Welding 3

Sappi 7 – Lions 4

Eagles 4 – Kiwanis 3 8 innings

Sappi 5 – Eagles 0

Messer 6 – Tickets 5

Messer won their two playoff games during this past week and remain the only undefeated team in the double elimination tournament. The big game was played this past Sunday with Messer

Coming from behind to defeat Tickets Unlimited 6-5. Tickets took the lead early, but could not hold on as Cody Champagne lined a two out triple into the gap with the bases loaded to give Messer a 4-3 lead in the top half of the fifth inning. Champagne would later score on a passed ball for a two run lead. Tickets battled back to tie the game with hits by Marty Pena, Andrew McCarthy as well as a misplayed ball that Derek Bouchard hit, which landed him on third base. Messer shut down Tickets from there. In the 6th inning, Evan Dipetrantonio hit his first Little League home run to seal the victory for Messer as they advance to the championship round. Ian King pitched four good innings and Andrew St Clair pitched the last two with shutout ball to pick up the win.

Earlier in the week, it was Messer defeating Kiwanis 9-6 to advance to the winners’ bracket final.

Andrew St Clair, Cody Champagne and Ian King lead the way offensively with three hits apiece.

Dipietrantonio pitched four good innings and King came in for the last two innings to record the save. Rookie John Tibbets made a great catch late in the game with runners on base to preserve the win.

Tickets advanced to the finals with an 11-4 win over Sappi. Mike Pena pitched five strong innings while Jeremiah Steele came in to close out the game striking out two batters. Marty Pena, Andrew McCarthy, Derek Bouchard, Mike Pena, and Steele all had multiple hits for Tickets. The big hit of the game was a deep three run homer into the wind by Pena. Kaleb Kent had two hits for Sappi including a line shot to the opposite field that fell two inches short of a home run. Alec Hazlewood pitched well for Sappi and also added a double on the offensive end.

In other playoff games, it was Sappi defeating the Eagles 5-0 to advance to the semi-finals. They won the right to play Tickets and the winner of this game will have to defeat Messer twice to win the championship. Keenen Lowe pitched a nifty three-hitter to hold the Eagles at bay. Cam McLain led the way offensively with three hits including a homerun. Tyler Work, Josh Ames and Alex Hazlewood also had big hits for Sappi. Chan Todd, working on one day of rest, pitched well for the Eagles in defeat.

Earlier in the week, the Eagles upset Kiwanis 4-3 in eight innings. The Eagles took the lead 2-1 in the 4th inning on a two run single by Blake Fillmore. They would add one more in the top of the sixth on a bunt single by Chan Todd. However, Kiwanis, who managed only one hit off of Paul Patriotti through five innings, tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. The teams would play two more innings before hits by Cale Bollig, Patriotti and Brenden Richardson would lead to the winning run. Todd pitched three strong shutout innings for the Eagles while Aaron Duncanson pitched well for Kiwanis.


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