Up­per Prov­i­dence falls to Thur­mont

PA rep­re­sen­ta­tives come up one game shy of Mid-At­lantic cham­pi­onship game

The Phoenix - - SPORTS - By Dig­i­tal First Me­dia staff

Up­per Prov­i­dence’s run to the Lit­tle League World Se­ries ended Fri­day.

Their sea­son ended two games short of a trip to Wil­liamsport, and with a lop­sided loss in the Mid-At­lantic Re­gional’s cham­pi­onship play-in game.

Thur­mont (MD) dis­patched UP by a 14-4mar­gin at Bris­tol, Conn. It scored 11 times in the top of the fourth in­ning to ef­fec­tively break open a 3-3 dead­lock, and the out­put proved suf­fi­cient for the Mary­land cham­pion to bring the “mercy rule” into play when Up­per Prov­i­dence man­aged just one more run in the bot­tom half of the frame.

Thur­mont will now play Hol­brook Lit­tle League, of Jack­son, N.J., 7 p.m. Satur­day. Hol­brook had dis­patched UP Wed­nes­day, 10-6, to qual­ify for the re­gional’s ti­tle game.

Up­per Prov­i­dence, which topped Thur­mont by a 10-5 count Mon­day, opened a 3-0 lead through the sec­ond in­ning. But Thur­mont pulled even in the top of the third, then went on a game-de­cid­ing run in the fourth.

Joey McMan­nis swung one of Thur­mont’s hot­ter bats, hit­ting safely twice and driv­ing in four runs. He also threw 3-2/3 in­nings with seven strike­outs.

Lo­gan Si­man­ski blasted a grand slam to put a

cap on his team’s 11-run fourth in­ning. He, Josh Skowron­ski (three walks) and Braden Man­ning drew a com­bined seven bases on balls for the night.

Cole Nilles hit safely twice for Up­per Prov­i­dence to emerge as its lead­ing hit­ter. He threw one in­ning while Ryan Gar­vey, who worked two, recorded three strike­outs.

Up­per Prov­i­dence’s sto­ried 2017 sea­son fea­tured cham­pi­onships in Dis­trict 27, Sec­tion 8 and Penn­syl­va­nia. It opened the Mid-At­lantic by edg­ing Mil­ton, Del. Sun­day, 4-3, be­fore drop­ping Thur­mont into the losers’ bracket Mon­day. It was then han­dled by Hol­brook Wed­nes­day, 10-6.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

The Up­per Prov­i­dence Lit­tle League Team fell to Thur­mont during the Mid-At­lantic cham­pi­onship qual­i­fier last Fri­day night in Bris­tol, Conn.

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