By JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
DELPHOS — The Mel and Dee Westrich Memorial Athletic Complex at Delphos Stadium Park was the site of Wednesday’s Tri-County Little League finals matching the Delphos Pirates and the Delphos Braves.
The Pirates were going for a clean sweep of the 2014 summer — regular season, Fourth of July Tournament and the league tournament.
They scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning and southpaw Braxton Scalf shut the door in the top of the sixth to give them that tourney title with a 3-2 victory.
Scalf got the save with his one inning of relief (1 hit, 1 base-on-balls), with second hurler Hunter Haehn (2 innings, 2 hits, 1 unearned run, 3 BBs) getting the win.
Brady Parrish threw the first three frames (2 hits, 1 earned run, 2 BBs, 6 Ks). The trio combined for 110 pitches (62 strikes).
The runs gave the loss to Braves’ reliever Brady Welker (2 IPs, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 1 BB, 2 Ks), taking over for starter Carson Muhlenkamp (3 IPs, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 3 BBs, 5 Ks). The duo combined for 86 pitches (51 strikes).
Down 2-1 entering the bottom of the fifth, ninth hitter Trent Lindeman led off the Pirates’ half with a free pass. Scalf (2 runs) walked and a passed ball advanced both runners. An out later, Blake Fischbach (2-for-2, walk, 2 runs batted in) lashed a 2-run single to deep center for that 3-2 lead. He advanced on a wild pitch but a strikeout and bounceout ended the threat.