South Caroline and Denton reach winner’s-bracket final
Former rout-rules Easton; latter prevails against Caroline North
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.