|Pirates, Indians set up Little League finals showdown|
|Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:18 AM|
BY JIM METCALFE
VAN WERT — The Delphos Pirates and the K of C Indians won their respective Tri-County Little League Tournament semifinals on a brilliant but hot and humid Monday afternoon/evening at First Bank of Berne Field at Jubilee Park in Van Wert.
In the nightcap, the Pirates (14-6) got serious revenge on the Delphos Braves (12-8), who had beaten them all three times this season and not given up a run in the process. They used a 6-run third inning to chase Braves starter Tyler Bratton (2-plus innings, 4 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, 1 walks, 2 strikeouts) and then held on for a 6-4 triumph.
Lefty Luke Reindel got the triumph (3 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 5 Ks) and Lucas Metcalfe mopped up (3 IPs, 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 2 BBs, 3 Ks). Metcalfe and (run, 2 runs batted in) and Connor Anspach (run, RBI) were 2-for-3.
Tony Sanders (2 IPs, 2 hits, 1 unearned run) and Brady Welker (2 IPs, 1 hit, 1 K) mopped up for the Braves. Bratton led the hitting with a 4-for-4 performance (2 runs), Welker was 2-for-3 (RBI) and Sanders had two RBIs.
Trailing 2-0 to start the third, the Pirates got it going against Bratton. Dominic Hines started it with a double down the right-field line and Brady Parrish singled to right. He moved up on a wild pitch and Braxton Scalf walked to load the bases. Anspach blooped a single to left to score Hines. Reindel was hit by a pitch to load the bases and bring Sanders to the mound. Metcalfe launched a liner up the gut to plate Parrish and Scalf and take a 3-2 edge. An out later, an error on a grounder hit by Jaylon Jefferson plated Reindel and make it 5-2. Logan Hubert’s groundout got Metcalfe home for a 6-2 edge.
Sanders beat out an infield hit to short to start the home half and advanced on a wild pitch. Welker bounced out to short and first baseman Parrish’s smart relay to third doubled up Sanders.
Anspach singled to right with two down in the fourth but was caught stealing by catcher Tyler Bratton.
Peter Ankerman doubled to deep center in the home fourth against Metcalfe.
Metcalfe doubled off the fence in center with one out in the fifth and advanced on a Hunter Haehn bounceout.
Bratton stung one to center to commence the home fifth and Hunter Mericle beat out an infield hit off the pitcher’s glove; an error on the ensuing rundown advanced both runners. Sanders plated Bratton on a comebacker and Mericle moved to third, from where he scored on a ground single to center Welker. He advanced on two wild pitches. Carter Teman walked and swiped second. However, both were left stranded.
With two down in the home sixth, Bratton doubled to deep left and Mericle walked. However, Metcalfe retired the final batter.
Reindel got aboard on a 2-out single to center in the top of the first.
The Braves went up 2-0 in the home half. Bratton singled up the gut and Mericle sacrificed; an error on the play allowed runners on the corners. Sanders forced Mericle at second to plate Bratton. Welker got aboard on a bad-hop single past shortstop. Doug Long doubled to right center to get Sanders home for the second run.
Bratton beat out an infield hit to short with two down in the home half.
In the opener, the K of Indians (18-2) got a combined 3 hitter from winning pitcher Nate Place (3 IPs, 1 hit, 6 Ks) and Jake Lautzenheiser (save, 3 IPs, 2 hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks) to oust the Greif Rangers (10-9) 1-0.
The Indians scored once in the bottom of the second to get the win. Clayton Proffitt went 2-for-3.
The Rangers got a complete game from Brad Fuerst (5 hits, earned run, 3 BBs, 7 Ks).
The Indians got the game’s only run in the home second. Place walked and Lennon Bentley doubled to deep center. A wild pitch plated Place and advanced Bentley to third. Two outs later, Ezra Friesner walked but the runners remained on the corners.
The Rangers got their first hit with one down in the visiting third on a single by Jared Lautzenheiser.
The Indians challenged in the third. Clayton Proffitt singled with one down in the third but Kyle Sperry forced him at second. Place rocketed a double off the fence in left center but again, two runners were stranded.
Greif got a 2-out blooper to left by Fuerst, a stolen base and a walk to Skylar Willingham in the upper fourth.
Mason Rogers led off the K of C fourth with a walk and Anthony Borack singled him to third two outs later, taking second on the throw. Again, two runners were stranded.
Greif again challenged in its half of the fifth on a 2-out double to left by Gavin Flickinger and an intentional pass to Ryan Hollingsworth but could not score.
Proffitt singled to start the home fifth but was cut down on a Sperry grounder. Place forced Sperry at second. A stolen base and wild pitch advanced Place to third but he was left there.
Gabe Steyer was hit by a pitch with two down in the top of the sixth but was caught stealing by Rogers to end the game.
DELPHOS PIRATES 6, DELPHOS BRAVES 4
Braxton Scalf cf/1b 2-1-0-0, Connor Anspach c 3-1-2-1, Luke Reindel p/1b 2-1-1-1, Luke Metcalfe ss/p 3-1-2-2, Hunter Haehn 2b 3-0-0-0, Jaylon Jefferson rf/cf 3-0-0-0, Logan Hubert 3b 3-0-0-1, Dominic Hines lf 3-1-1-0, Brady Parrish 1b/rf/ss 3-1-1-0. Totals 25-6-7-5.
Tyler Bratton p/1b/ss 4-2-4-0, Hunter Mericle cf 2-1-1-0, Tony Sanders 2b/p 4-1-1-2, Brady Welker c/ss/p 3-0-2-1, Carter Teman ss/3b 2-0-0-0, Doug Long 1b 3-0-1-1, Colin Arroyo 3b/2b 3-0-0-0, Peter Ankerman rf 3-0-1-0, Tyler Knick lf 1-0-0-0, Curtis Mueller lf 2-0-0-0. Totals 27-4-10-4.
Score by Innings:
Pirates 0 0 6 0 0 0 - 6
Braves 2 0 0 0 2 0 - 4
E: Bratton, Metcalfe, Haehn, Parrish; DP: Pirates 1; LOB: Pirates 3, Braves 8; 2B: Metcalfe, Hines, Bratton, Long, Ankerman; SB: Teman; CS: Anspach (by Bratton); Sac: Mericle.
IP H R ER BB SO
Reindel (W) 3.0 5 2 1 0 5
Metcalfe 3.0 5 2 1 2 3
Bratton (L) 2.0 4 5 4 1 2
Sanders 2.0 2 1 0 0 0
Welker 2.0 1 0 0 0 1
Bratton pitched to 5 batters in the 3rd
WP: Metcalfe 2, Reindel, Bratton; HBP: Reindel (by Bratton).
K OF C INDIANS 1, GREIF RANGERS 0
Gavin Flickinger 2b 3-0-1-0, Ryan Hollingsworth ss 2-0-0-0, Scott Gray 1b 3-0-0-0, Brad Fuerst p 3-0-1-0, Skylar Willingham 3b 2-0-0-0, Gabe Steyer c 2-0-0-0, Austin Agler lf 1-0-0-0, Jared Lautzenheiser cf 2-0-1-0, Alex Black rf 2-0-0-0. Totals 19-0-3-0.
Jake Lautzenheiser 2b/p 3-0-0-0, Clayton Proffitt ss 3-0-2-0, Kyle Sperry cf 3-0-0-0, Nate Place p/2b 2-1-1-0, Lennon Bentley 1b 3-0-1-0, Mason Rogers c 1-0-0-0, Colin Place lf 2-0-0-0, Ezra Friesner rf 1-0-0-0, Anthony Borack 3b 2-0-1-0. Totals 21-1-5-0.
Score by Innings:
Rangers 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
Indians 0 1 0 0 0 x - 1
LOB: Rangers 5, Indians 7; 2B: Flickinger, N. Place, Bentley; SB: Fuerst, N. Place; CS: Steyer (by Rogers).
IP H R ER BB SO
Fuerst (L) 5.0 5 1 1 3 7
N. Place (W) 3.0 1 0 0 0 6
J. Lautzenheiser 3.0 2 0 0 2 4
WP: Fuerst 2; HBP: Steyer (by J. Lautzenheiser).