U.More­land Ju­niors blast Get­tys­burg

The Willow Grove Guide - - SPORTS - By Cary Beavers

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com One step closer. Af­ter blitz­ing through the District 22 and Sec­tion 8 tour­na­ments, Up­per More­land Lit­tle League’s Ju­niors team opened the Penn­syl­va­nia State Tour­na­ment with a re­sound­ing, 22-5 shel­lack­ing of Get­tys­burg Lit­tle League at Cran­berry Area Lit­tle League in Seneca.

Af­ter win­ning the coin toss, Up­per More­land man­ager Ron Kohn strayed from the norm and chose to hit fiUsW. 7KH GHFLsLRn SURvHG wise, as his club put Get­tys­burg on their heels with a fivH-Uun fiUsW.

AnGy ,HKOH JRW WKH fiUsW of the team’s 20 hits with a one-out sin­gle. Nick Pagano fol­lowed with a mon­strous dou­ble that clanked off the OHIW fiHOG IHnFH, 320 IHHW IURP home plate. Jon Sear­les also con­trib­uted with a two-RBI sin­gle as Up­per More­land bat­ted around.

Work­ing with a big lead, start­ing pitcher Dan Howald was able to chal­lenge the Get­tys­burg hit­ters and cruised through two in­nings. Spencer Ber­wick and Jon Sear­les fol­lowed, never al­low­ing Get­tys­burg back in the game.

“Ob­vi­ously, we couldn’t have got­ten out to a bet­ter start,” Kohn said. “Those (fiUsW Ln­nLnJ) Uuns wHUH KuJH for our pitch­ing and our con­fiGHnFH.”

The team didn’t re­lax af­ter the big start. Far from it. They bat­ted around in each RI WKH fiUsW IRuU Ln­nLnJs, sFRULnJ 5, 3, 6 DnG 6 Uuns, UHsSHF­tively. In a game full of of­fen­sive stars, Nick DeLu­cas shined bright­est, with four hits and four runs scored.

Thanks to the lead, Kohn wDs DbOH WR FRn­fiGHnWOy SuOO Howald, one of his top startHUs, DI­WHU RnOy 30 SLWFKHs, leav­ing him avail­able for Satur­day’s game against PHn­nULGJH. BuW fiUsW WKHUH’s the lit­tle mat­ter of get­ting by Po­cono Lit­tle League, Fri- day’s op­po­nent.

Most of Kohn’s team has been play­ing tour­na­ment bDOO WR­JH­WKHU IRU DW OHDsW fivH years. De­spite tak­ing home con­sec­u­tive District 22 ti­tles sev­eral years ago, this is the vHWHUDn sTuDG’s fiUsW DSSHDUance in the state tour­na­ment. The team did not shrink on the big­ger stage.

“They were all pretty calm, cool and col­lected,” Kohn said. “We’re a team that likes to just get to work. All the guys are.”

De­spite the fast start to the state tour­na­ment, Kohn said this is no time for his team to start re­al­iz­ing just how good

they are.

“To­mor­row’s the huge one,” Kohn said. “If we can get through to­mor­row at 2-0, there’s a pretty good chance we’ll be play­ing on Sun­day.” Sun­day marks the start RI WKH WRuUnDPHnW sHPLfinDO round. Sun­day’s win­ners will square off for the Penn­syl­va­nia ti­tle. Kohn be­lieves the calm na­ture of his team will not change.

“Play­ing through dis­tricts and sec­tions, they’ve been cRn­fiGHnW, buW nRW cRcNy,” Kohn said. “We’ve been play­ing pretty well. But these teams out here, in­clud­ing Get­tys­burg, are no joke.”

De­spite the lop­sided out­cRPH RI WKHLU fiUsW JDPH, nR­body on the Up­per More­land side was laugh­ing. Win­ning the state ti­tle, af­ter all, is se­ri­ous busi­ness.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / Chris Decker

Up­per More­land’s Dan Howald steps to the plate with a pitch dur­ing Thurs­day’s State tour­na­ment ac­tion against Get­tys­burg.

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