|DISTRICT 15 LITTLE LEAGUE (MINORS): ATHENS ROLLS OVER RTL, 18-5; ADVANCES TO WINNER'S BRACKET FINALS (2017-07-02)
Valley Sports Report
ATHENS ó Matthias Welles, Carson Rowe, and Dylan Saxon combined to drive in 13 runs in Athensí 18-5 rout of RTL here Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the District 15 Minors Division Little League playoffs.
RTL had the upper hand early, taking a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning and a 5-2 lead after 1 1/2 innings.
However, Athens scored four runs in the bottom of the second to take a 6-5 lead in a rally that featured a three-RBI double by Welles, and an RBI single by Rowe.
Athens blew the game wide-open with 12 runs in the third inning. The rally was highlighted by a three-run double by Saxon, a two-run triple by Rowe, an RBI double and an RBI single by Ethan Kinner, an RBI double by Matt Driesbaugh, and RBI singles by Nick Grazul and Welles.
Rowe was 4-for-4 with a triple, four runs scored, and four RBI, while Welles doubled and singled, scored one run, and had five RBI, and Saxon doubled and singled, scored one run and had four RBI to lead Athensí 16-hit attack.
Grazul stroked three singles, scored one run, and drove in one run in the win, while Kinner doubled and singled, scored two runs, and drove in two runs, Driesbaugh doubled and singled, scored three runs, and knocked in a run, Eli Hobday singled and scored two runs, Oliver Johnson scored three runs, and Cooper Robinson crossed the plate once.
Athens returns to action Wednesday when it hosts Southern Tioga in the winnerís bracket finals at 6 p.m.
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