Gadow’s late HR boosts Tri City

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­dem.com

HAGERSTOWN — In a dra­matic ex­tra-in­ning elim­i­na­tion game Mon­day night at Ken­neth E. Dud­ley Field, Luke Gadow’s two-run homer kept Tri City alive in the state Lit­tle League base­ball tour­na­ment.

Gadow’s blast to cen­ter field in the bot­tom of the 10th broke a 7-7 tie, and scored John Boyle and him­self, as the District 6 cham­pi­ons elim­i­nated St. Mary’s, 9-7.

HAGERSTOWN — In a dra­matic ex­tra-in­ning elim­i­na­tion game Mon­day night at Ken­neth E. Dud­ley Field, Luke Gadow’s two-run homer kept Tri City alive in the state Lit­tle League base­ball tour­na­ment.

Gadow’s blast to cen­ter field in the bot­tom of the 10th broke a 7-7 tie, and scored John Boyle and him­self, as the District 6 cham­pi­ons elim­i­nated St. Mary’s, 9-7.

“This was quite a game,” Tri City man­ager Leo Bradley said. “I think this was prob­a­bly the best Lit­tle League game I’ve ever been a part of.”

“I have no fin­ger­nails left,” Bradley said with a laugh when asked. “It was def­i­nitely a nail-biter, and no mat­ter what hap­pens in the fu­ture, as far as the games go, these boys will re­mem­ber this one for the rest of their lives.”

Tri City took a 4-0 lead in the bot­tom of the third on Blake Bram­ble’s RBI sin­gle, Brice Bradley’s run-scor­ing dou­ble, Nathan Phip­pin’s RBI hit, and a Rielly Ket­ter­man pop-up to sec­ond which Bram­ble turned into a sac­ri­fice fly.

St. Mary’s coun­tered with three in the top of the fourth. Tri City got two back in the bot­tom half on Jimmy Creighton’s bunt sin­gle, and an in­field er­ror.

But St. Mary’s took the lead in the top of the fifth with four runs on three hits, three walks, a passed ball, a wild pitch, and an er­ror.

Down 7-6 in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning, Tri City tied the game.

Boyle (three hits, three runs) led off the Tri City sixth with a base hit. An er­ror at third moved Boyle to sec­ond and put Gadow on first. An­other St. Mary’s in­field er­ror, three hit­ters later, scored Boyle to tie the game, at 7-7.

St. Mary’s loaded the bases in the top of the sev­enth, and again in the eighth, but each time, Tri City re­liever Jaden Pear­son es­caped, get­ting a dou­ble play to end the sev­enth, and a come­backer to stop the rally in the eighth.

Tri City got a lead­off Pear- son hit in the eighth, but could not bring the win­ning run home that in­ning.

St. Mary’s got two ninthin­ning walks, but one was thrown out try­ing to steal third by catcher Brice Bram­ble, and the other was stranded at sec­ond.

St. Mary’s put two more on in the top of the 10th with one out, but again, Tri City turned a dou­ble play, its sec­ond in ex­tra in­nings. Short­stop Ver­non Price, who caught a line drive to start the one in the sev­enth, scooped a grounder and started a 6-4-3 in the top of the 10th.

In the bot­tom of the in­ning, Boyle led off with a sin­gle, and up came Gadow, who had his team’s only RBI in Sun­day’s game against District 5 champ Ch­e­sa­peake City.

Gadow fouled off the first pitch, took the next for a ball, and watched a strike, then an­other ball, which evened the count at 2-2.

A passed ball at this point made it 3-2, and put Boyle in scor­ing po­si­tion at sec­ond.

“I was ex­pect­ing to get some­one with a big hit to drive John in,” Leo Bradley said. “I was hop­ing for a big hit, (but) that one blew my mind. ... It hit right on the yel­low rail­ing on top of the fence, and then bounced over.”

Gadow got all of the next pitch, knock­ing it out of the park, in­stantly end­ing the game, 9-7, in Tri City’s fa­vor.

Tri City’s op­po­nent to­day was not known at press time. Due to bad weather, which had al­ready pushed the en­tire sched­ule back a day, and Tri City’s three­plus-hour marathon win, it was un­cer­tain whether the two re­main­ing games Mon­day would be fin­ished.

“We’re not sure who we’re go­ing to play yet,” Leo Bradley said. “If they don’t man­age to get both of the games af­ter ours in, then we’ll get Tues­day off, be­cause if they have to fin­ish a game, who­ever plays in that can’t play in a sec­ond game Tues­day.”

Lit­tle League base­ball play­off rules do not al­low dou­ble­head­ers, even ab­bre­vi­ated ones in­volv­ing par­tial games, be­low the Ju­nior League (age 13-14) level).

Se­nior League Eastern Re­gional N.J. 15 3 — Caro­line 1

THOROFARE, N.J. — In the loss-bracket semi­fi­nal Mon­day night, Mary­land champ Caro­line opened with a firstin­ning run against the tour­na­ment host, but two late ral­lies ended its sea­son.

West Dept­ford, the team which won the N.J.-15 ti­tle, scored twice in the bot­tom of the fifth, and once more in the sixth, to ad­vance to the loss-bracket fi­nal to­day at 5 p.m. against Mon­toursville, Pa., which handed Caro­line (9-2) its first post­sea­son loss in Fri­day’s sec­ond re­gional round.

Three hits — the third by Adam Boyles, which scored Kyler Boyd — fu­eled the Caro­line rally in the top of the first, which made it 1-0.

Caro­line lefty Jake Tow­ers, who went the dis­tance in the loss, kept it that way for four in­nings be­fore a walk, two dou­bles, and a ground out gave West Dept­ford a 2-1 lead.

Two base hits and a wild pitch helped N.J.-15 make it 3-1 in the sixth. Caro­line could not re­spond in the sev­enth, go­ing down in or­der.

Tow­ers, Boyd, and Boyles each had hits, while on the mound, Tow­ers struck out five and al­lowed two walks and six hits in a com­pletegame de­feat.

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PHO­TOS BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Tri City play­ers and coaches with the District 6 cham­pi­onship ban­ner on Thurs­day, July 12, in Cam­bridge.

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