Tri-City rallies to capture District 6 title
TRAPPE — Despite suffering a 20-2 setback the night before and a disastrous first inning Sunday evening, Tri-City’s all-stars kept fighting. That fight generated a nine-run third inning and an eight-run fourth, and Tri-City captured the District 6 10-11 Little League baseball championship with a 21-11 mercy-rule victory over Easton.
Led by Jayden Pearson’s four hits and four RBIs, eight different batters produced RBIs for Tri-City in the championship game. Pearson also pitched the first three innings, sur viving a challenging first inning in which Tri-City committed three errors and Easton scored six runs on just one hit.
Blake Thalheimer, who had three hits and three RBIs, pitched the final two frames for Tri-City. Luke Gadow also knocked in three runs for TriCity and scored the game’s final run after he was walked intentionally in the bottom of the fifth inning.
“A lot can be said about the spirit of 10- and 11-year-old boys,” said Tri-City head coach David Bailey just before he was
drenched with the contents of a cooler. “It was just the spirit of them not giving up, not quitting on one another. They changed pitchers up which really put us in a better position to be able to hit the ball. Our guys have been spending a lot of time in the cage working on batting.”
With one out in the fifth, Gadow stole second and advanced to third on a throw to the plate in which the potential winning run was cut down. But Gadow scored from third on an error to end the game.
Luis Gonzalez (2 RBIs) walked to open the home fifth and Logan Dukes singled to right. Thalheimer then delivered a two-run triple to deep left field for a 19-11 lead. Thalheimer scored on a single to left by Pearson before Gadow eventually scored the winning run.
Cullen Murphy had belted a three-run triple down the right-field line to cap a fourrun fourth for Easton’s allstars who took a 10-9 lead. But Tri-City countered with eight runs in the bottom of the fourth to take control.
Evan Ruark walked to get Tri-City rolling in the fourth. John Boyle followed with a ground single to right. They both moved up a base on a wild pitch. Nathan Phippin then knocked an RBI-single to left. Boyle scored on an infield hit by Gonzalez and Kolter Elliott walked to load the bases. With one out, Pearson knocked in two runs with a base hit up the middle for a 13-10 lead.
Matt Corkran was hit by a pitch to load the bases again, and Gadow was also hit to force home Elliott. Ruark drew another walk to plate another run, and Corkran scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Boyle. Gadow scored on a wild pitch for a 17-10 lead.
Easton scored one run in the top of the fifth to close within 17-11. With one out, Aiden Trautman walked and came home on a double to right-center by Logan McCrea. Thalheimer retired the next two batters on pop-ups.
“The young man who finished pitching for us tonight was the same one whose mother got flown to shock trauma earlier in this tournament, so that’s a full-circle story,” said Bailey. “She had a severe concussion, but she was released the next morning. She’s been on bed rest for the past 48 hours. But she’s doing good. She’s coming around and regaining her memory and everything, so she’s doing well.”
Tri-City advances to compete in the Maryland state tournament, which will begin on Saturday in Easton.
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Tri-City players and coaches with their District 6 championship banner at Home Run Baker Park in Trappe on Sunday evening.