South Caro­line and Den­ton reach win­ner’s-bracket fi­nal

For­mer rout-rules Eas­ton; lat­ter pre­vails against Caro­line North

Record Observer - - Sports - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com

South Caro­line 18 — Eas­ton 5

RIDGELY — Twenty-seven runs in two games. South Caro­line’s 11-12 Lit­tle League Base­ball all-stars have some pop.

Joey Parmer and Chan­dler Tin­dall each blasted three-run home runs Sunday evening as South Caro­line ad­vanced to the District 6 win­ner’sbracket fi­nal with an 18-5 mercy-rule vic­tory over Eas­ton.

Af­ter Eas­ton scored a pair of runs in the top of the first in­ning, South Caro­line re­sponded with five in the bot­tom half, high­lighted by Parmer’s first Lit­tle League home run.

South Caro­line added nine runs in the sec­ond in­ning and four in the third on its way to a 3½-in­ning vic­tory.

South Caro­line ad­vanced to meet Den­ton in the win­ner’s fi­nal Wed­nes­day at 6 p.m. Den­ton ral­lied in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning for a one-run vic­tory over North Caro­line in the other win­ner’s-bracket semi­fi­nal Sunday evening.

Chad Wil­loughby earned the win for South Caro­line, throw­ing 86 pitches, mostly fast­balls with an oc­ca­sional curve. Wil­loughby helped his cause

by scor­ing three runs, while reach­ing base all four times he bat­ted.

Parmer added a sac­ri­fice fly in the sec­ond to fin­ish with four RBIs. Jaden Rowen also knocked in four runs with three sin­gles. Tin­dall plated three in the third with his home run over the fence in left.

Wil­loughby reached third base af­ter a high pop dropped into the in­field due to mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion by Eas­ton and an er­rant throw to open South Caro­line’s first.

With one out, Rowan knocked him in with a ground sin­gle to left off Eas­ton starter Toby Webb. Austin Gless­ner sin­gled and Cameron Gon­deck dou­bled to left-cen­ter to bring home Rowan to tie the game at 2-2. Parmer then launched his home run over the fence in right-cen­ter.

The first in­ning ended with a lengthy dis­pute af­ter South Caro­line’s sev­enth bat­ter struck out, but un­sure of a called third strike he re­turned to the plate, un­no­ticed by the um­pire, and then grounded out. Af­ter much dis­cus­sion, it was ruled that he struck out and bat­ted out of or­der, which re­sulted in two outs.

That con­tro­versy be­came a moot point af­ter South Caro­line sent 14 bat­ters to the plate in the bot­tom of the sec­ond. South Caro­line pro­duced seven hits and cap­i­tal­ized on one er­ror. Gless­ner dou­bled in a pair of runs and Josh Co­hee tripled in one to high­light the on­slaught. Rowan sin­gled in a pair of runs to end the in­ning’s scor­ing with South Caro­line up 14-3.

Gon­deck and Tin­dall each home­red in South Caro­line’s four-run third.

“Ba­si­cally ev­ery­body con­trib­uted,” South Caro­line man­ager Mike Wil­loughby said. “We hit the ball. This is the hard­est work­ing team I’ve ever had. They give it their all and they’re a true team.”

Jimmy Har­ris hit a solo homer for Eas­ton in the top of the third.

Eas­ton loaded the bases in the top of the fourth, but Wil­loughby struck out the fi­nal bat­ter look­ing on an out­side fast­ball.

Eas­ton had opened the tour­na­ment with an 11-1 vic­tory over Kent on Saturday. South Caro­line opened with a 9-0 win over Home Run Baker.

Eas­ton dropped into the loser’s bracket of the dou­blee­l­im­i­na­tion tour­na­ment and will meet ei­ther Cambridge or Tri-City on Tues­day.

Den­ton 7, Caro­line North 6 RIDGELY — Tan­ner Young sin­gled in Hunter Trice, who had walked, to tie the game at 6-6 with two outs in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning Sunday evening. Young, who ad­vanced to sec­ond on a throw to the plate, then came home on a throw­ing er­ror af­ter a grounder off the bat of Ma­son Pate as Den­ton ral­lied to ad­vance to the win­ner’s bracket fi­nal against South Caro­line. Pate, pitch­ing in re­lief in the top of the sixth, also stranded a pair of Caro­line North run­ners with con­sec­u­tive strike­outs. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss Email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

South Caro­line’s Joey Parmer, white hel­met, left, is con­grat­u­lated by team­mates af­ter hit­ting a three-run home run in the first in­ning Sunday evening against Eas­ton in the District 6 11-12 Lit­tle League base­ball tour­na­ment in Ridgely.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

South Caro­line’s Joey Parmer rounds third base af­ter hit­ting a three-run home run in the first in­ning Sunday evening against Eas­ton in the District 6 11-12 Lit­tle League base­ball tour­na­ment in Ridgely.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

South Caro­line’s Chad Wil­loughby de­liv­ers a pitch dur­ing his team’s 18-5 vic­tory over Eas­ton, Sunday evening in the District 6 11-12 Lit­tle League base­ball tour­na­ment in Ridgely.

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