|DISTRICT 15 LITTLE LEAGUE (MAJORS): PAINTED POST RALLIES TO TOP WAVERLY, 10-7 (2017-07-05)
Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY — Painted Post plated five runs in the home half of the fourth inning to rally for a 10-7 win over Waverly in the consolation bracket semifinals of the District 6 Little League Majors Division baseball playoffs.
Waverly, playing as the visiting team, took a quick 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Bryce Bailey reached base on an error to lead off the game, then stole second and third base, and scored on a groundout to first base off the bat of Jake VanHouten.
With two outs, Kaden Wheeler walked, Brady Blauvelt reached base on a dropped third strike, and Isaiah Bretz was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Gage Tedesco then plated Waverly’s second run with an RBI single.
Painted Post took advantage of three consecutive Waverly errors to open the home half of the first inning to trim the deficit to 2-1.
Lucas Saurbaugh tied the game for Painted Post in the bottom of the second with a solo home run. They added a run later in the frame to take a 3-2 lead.
In the third inning, Blauvelt blasted a two-run home run over the center-field fence to give Waverly a 4-3 lead. Two batters later, Tedesco ripped a two-run blast over the left-field fence to make it 6-3.
Painted Post scored twice in the bottom of the third, thanks to a pair of Waverly errors, to trim the deficit to 6-5, then scored five times in the fourth inning to go ahead 10-6. Waverly committed two more errors in the inning, and Noah Farmer capped the rally with a three-run home run.
Waverly loaded the bases with one out in the sixth inning — on singles by Jay Pipher and VanHouten, sandwiched around a walk to Brayden Talada, but only managed one run on a Painted Post error.
Tedesco homered and singled, scored one run, and had three RBI, and VanHouten singled twice and drove in a run to lead Waverly’s six-hit attack, while Blauvelt added a two-run home run, and Pipher singled and scored a run.
Wheeler scored a pair of runs for Waverly, and Bailey, who had two stolen bases, and Evan Davies each crossed the plate once.
Tomasso started for Waverly, allowing three runs — two earned — on two hits and four walks.
Blauvelt was tagged with the tough-luck loss. He allowed seven runs — all unearned — on five hits, while striking out three and walking one.
Waverly committed seven errors in the loss.
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