|DISTRICT 15 LITTLE LEAGUE (MAJORS): ATHENS PULLS OUT 8-7 WIN TO ELIMNATE SAYRE (20 PHOTOS) (2017-06-30)
Valley Sports Report
ATHENS — Athens let a 6-0 lead slip away, but eventually pulled out an 8-7 win to eliminate two-time defending District 15 champion Sayre here Friday evening in consolation bracket action in the Majors Division baseball playoffs.
Athens scored six runs in the top of the second in a rally highlighted by a two-run single by Lucas Kraft, and an RBI single by Nicholas Jacob. Jaren Glisson also picked up an RBI when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Cameron Sullivan, who hit a key double early in the rally, was credited with an RBI when he walked with the bases loaded.
Trailing 6-0 after three innings, Sayre lit up the scoreboard for six runs in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game.
Kegan Hayford stroked a lead-off single to spark the rally. With one out, Aiden Ennis walked to force home a run, then William Crossett was hit by a pitch force home another run.
After a force out at home for the second out of the inning, Zack Garrity stroked an RBI single, and Lucas Horton worked a bases-loaded walk to trim the lead to 6-4.
Hayford then capped the rally with a two-RBI single to tie the game at 6-6.
Athens answered quickly when Lister was hit by a pitch to lead off the home half of the fourth inning, moved to second on a single by Caleb Nichols, to third base on a wild pitch, and scored on an RBI groundout off the bat of Glisson.
Athens added another run on a Sayre error to take an 8-7 lead.
Horton belted a two-out solo home run in the top of the sixth inning, and Hayford worked a walk, but Athens reliever Garrett Thetga recorded a strikeout to preserve the win.
Sullivan doubled, scored a run, and drove in a run, Kraft singled, scored a run, and had two RBI, and Jacob singled and had two RBI to lead Athens’ five-hit attack, while Nichols singled and scored two runs, and Evan Sickler doubled.
Lister scored a pair of runs in the win, while Glisson had two RBI, and Thetga and Lucas Schmoyer each scored a run.
Thetga earned the win in relief for Athens, allowing one run on one hit, while striking out four and walking one in 2 1/3 innings of work.
Garrity doubled and singled, scored one run, and drove in a run, and Hayford singled twice, scored a run, and had two RBI to lead Sayre’s seven-hit attack, while Horton homered and drove in two runs.
Kaden Setzer, Jackson Hubbard, Aiden Ennis, and Thomas Morley each scored a run for Sayre, and Ennis had an RBI.
Garrity started for Sayre, allowing six runs — one earned — on three hits in three innings. He fanned seven and walked three.
Athens returns to action Sunday at the loser of the winner’s bracket contest between Wellsboro and Potter-McKean.
PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.
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