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Wilcox meets Millcreek tonight in winner’s bracket finale

July 23, 2012

Photo by Jim Mulcahy Art Heary Jr. is shown throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Saturday night’s Pa. American Legion Region 8 contest between Brookville Legion and the host St. Marys squad to St. Marys catcher Anthony Grimone while St. Marys manager Fran Pasi looks on. Heary, a long-time supporter of youth activities in St. Marys, played Knothole baseball, Legion baseball and was a member of the St. Marys Colts.

St. Marys plays Albion today at 4 p.m.

The Wilcox Legion remained undefeated in the Pa. American Legion Baseball Region 8 Tournament being played at Berwind Park through Wednesday of this week.
Wilcox defeated Albion by an 8-3 score Sunday afternoon to advance to tonight’s winner’s bracket finale where they will meet Millcreek, who defeated St. Marys by a 14-4 score in seven innings.
Today’s schedule will see Meadville and Albion meet at 1 p.m. in an elimination game, while St. Marys will meet French Creek Valley at 4 p.m. in an elimination game.
Wilcox and Millcreek meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Berwind Park.
The Wilcox squad opened the tournament on Saturday by defeating French Creek Valley by an 11-3 score in the first game of the tournament.
Wilcox used a 5-1 third-inning advantage to set the tone for the remainder of the game. They added one in the fourth, three in the sixth and two in the seventh. French Creek Valley added one run in the fifth and one in the eighth inning.
Cole Peterson got the mound victory for Wilcox as he went four innings, giving up four hits, walking one and striking out five. Josh Mitchell worked five innings of relief, giving up six hits, walking one and striking out four.
Josh Mitchell led the Wilcox offense with a grand slam and a double. He had five RBIs in the contest. Cole Peterson and Jesse Reynolds both had three singles as Wilcox pounded out 16 hits.
The second game on Saturday saw Millcreek defeat Meadville by a 20-7 score in seven innings.
Millcreek outhit Meadville by a 15-6 margin. Ryan Kavenman had three hits, a triple and two singles. Luke Nientimp also had three singles, while Matt Hansen, Alex Margraf and Brian Bohman had two each.
Millcreek scored seven runs in the second, five in the third, six in the fourth and two in the fifth. Meadville scored two in the second inning and four in the third inning. They added a run in the sixth.
Corey Lynn led Meadville with three singles.
The third game on Saturday saw Albion down Corry 9-2.
Corry was limited to two hits in the contest while Albion pounded out 13 hits, led by Aaron Morley’s double and three singles.
Albion scored four in the first inning, two in the third, one in the fourth inning and two in the fifth inning to account for their runs. Corry scored their runs in the second inning of play.
The nightcap Saturday saw St. Marys score a run in the home half of the eighth inning to edge Brookville by a 6-5 score.
Ivan Wortman and Dan Singer led the St. Marys attack with two singles each, while Jake Cortina added one.
Jack Herzing worked five innings, striking out 13 while giving up two singles. Mitch Meyer worked four innings, giving up five hits, wlaking three and striking out eight.
The first inning was scoreless as Brookville went down in order and St. Marys stranded one. Each team left a man stranded in the second inning. Brookville went down in order in the third, while St. Marys left two men on base.
Brookville went down in order in the fourth inning, while St. Marys left a man stranded.
The top of the fifth inning saw Brookville go down in order. In the home half of the inning, Mitch Meyer reached base on an error and was sacrificed to second by Eric Wehler. A single by Wortman scored Wehler as St. Marys led 1-0.
Brookville took the 2-1 lead in the top half of the sixth on two singles and a hit batter. St. Marys left a runner stranded.
Brookville went down in order in the top of the seventh. In the home half of the inning, St. Marys scored four times one one hit. Vincent Jacob reached base on a dropped third strike. Meyer reached base on an error, scoring Jacob. With one out, Wortman reached base on an error. Both Meyer and Wortman scored on a single by Hoy. Hoy was picked off for the second out. Jake Cortina walked and scored on a single by Dan Singer as St. Marys led 5-2.
Brookville tied the game at 5 with three runs in the top of the eighth on two hits, two walks and an error. In the home half of the inning, Jacob reached base on an error. Meyer walked. With one out, Wortman reached base on an error. Hoy reached base on a fielder’s choice allowing Jacob to score and give St. Marys the 6-5 lead.
Brookville went down in order as St. Marys recorded the 6-5 victory.
Sunday’s action opened with French Creek Valley, eliminating Corry 19-0 in seven innings.
French Creek had 14 hits to Corry’s two.
French Creek scored two in the second, four in the third, six in the fourth and seven in the fifth. Neither team scored the remainder of the game as French Creek won 19-0.
The second game Sunday saw Brookville forfeit to Meadville as Brookville did not have enough players to field a team.
The third game Sunday saw Wilcox beat Albion 8-3 to reach the finals of the winner’s bracket.
Wilcox outhit Albion by a 15-9 margin. Cole Peterson had four singles, while Mitchell Holmberg had three singles. Quinn Luhr, Ben MacDonald and Josh Mitchell each had two singles. Cameron Grumley and Joe Holmberg each had one single.
Quinn Luhr worked 7 1/3 innings on the mound, giving up nine hits, walking one and striking out one. Peterson worked 1 2/3 innings, striking out three.
Wilcox broke the game open in the third inning by scoring five runs. They added two runs in the fifth inning and one in the seventh. Albion scored their runs with one in the seventh and two in the eighth.
In last night’s nightcap, Millcreek defeated St. Marys 14-4 in seven innings.
Millcreek outhit St. Marys by a 12-10 margin. Leading the St. Marys squad were Mitch Meyer, Dan Singer and Ben Cortina with two hits each. Eric Wehler, Kevin Hoy and Jack Herzing each had a single.
Ben Cortina started on the mound for St. Marys and worked six innings, giving up eight hits, walking six and striking out two. Ivan Wortman worked one inning, giving up four hits, walking one and striking out two.
After Millcreek stranded a pair of runners in the top of the opening inning, St. Marys got on the board as Eric Wehler walked and scored on a single by Kevin Hoy for a 1-0 lead.
Millcreek answered in a big way as they scored four in the second and two in the third to jump out to a 6-1 advantage. St. Marys pushed in a pair of runs of their own in the bottom of the third as Ivan Wortman and Hoy both scored, cutting Millcreek's lead to 6-3.
After holding Millcreek scoreless in the top of the fourth, St. Marys shaved another run off their lead as Ben Cortina singled and scored on a single by Wehler.
With two outs in the top of the fifth, Millcreek used two singles and an error to load the bases. Another error scored two runners, a single reloaded the bases, and a hit batter plated another runner, giving Millcreek a 9-4 lead. St. Marys left runners on the corners in the bottom of the inning.
Neither team scored in the sixth inning. After Cortina walked Matt Sardini to start off the top of the seventh, St. Marys sent Ivan Wortman to the mound in relief. Another single put runners on the corners, and Sardini scored on a single by Brian Bohman. After the first out, a single by Riley Warren plated two, and Warren ended up at second on the play. Kaverman walked, and a double by Jake Suppa scored both, giving Millcreek a 14-4 lead. St. Marys went down in order, sealing Millcreek's victory.
“There were just too many errors. We were one hit away in one inning to tying the game up,” said St. Marys manager Fran Pasi.
“I think it would have made it a different ball game maybe, but all in all, they're the better team and it showed tonight. We just made too many errors, and that seemed to be our bugaboo all year long. We'll see how we go tomorrow,” added Pasi.

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