Tri-City ral­lies to cap­ture Dis­trict 6 ti­tle

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com

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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PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Tri-City play­ers and coaches with their Dis­trict 6 cham­pi­onship ban­ner at Home Run Baker Park in Trappe on Sun­day evening.

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