Hermitage Minor Division (11-U) All-Stars completed its 3-game domination of the Pennsylvania Section 2 Tournament with an 8-5 win over Norwin.
Hermitage outscored its trio of opponents, 22-5, in the tourney.
In Monday’s win, Dante Evans’ 230-foot, 3-run home run helped Hermitage assume a 5-0 lead in the 2nd stanza. Evans’ 4-for-4 plate performance also included 5 RBIs, including a 2-out, 6th-inning double off the center-field fence that afforded Hermitage an insurance run and 8-4 edge.
Also among Hermitage’s 14 hits were 3 from catcher Nolan Golub (plus an RBI), and 2 apiece from Maddox Burke (RBI) and winning pitcher Lincoln Breit (2 RBIs). Ty Turosky, Jaxson Hicks, R’Mir Freison and Aiden Dancak drilled hits, also.
Breit boasted a complete- game pitching performance in which he whiffed 3, walked 2 and weathered 10 hits, though allowing just 1 earned run.
Hermitage advances to the state tournament held in Pittston, Pa. starting Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
MINOR DIVISION (9-10)
• Sharon 7, Bullskin 3 – At Vic Hughes Complex, Grove City, in the Section 2 tourney elimination tilt Sharon was powered by the pitching of starter Carter Fertig, who tossed 5 frames. He allowed, 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks, while whiffing 2. Nick Fromm closed out, striking out 2 in a hitless, scoreless inning of relief.
Sharon rallied from an early 1-0 deficit by tallying a trio of 3rd-inning runs, then securing a 4-spot in the 5th frame.
Fertig, Lai’on Lampkins-Tally and Bryce Bodien singled for Sharon, which also parlayed its bunting and baser-running into coercing 5 Bullskin errors. Bullskin scored in the first inning, Sharon scored 3 runs in third inning & 4 runs in the fifth inning.
By virtue of the victory Sharon advances into the Section 2 championship game against undefeated Norwin. Sharon would have to win twice in the double-elimination finals.
• Sharon 12, West Point 6 – At Vic Hughes Complex, Grove City, Sharon rallied from a 6-2, 2nd-inning deficit and eliminated West Point. Sharon scored 2 runs in the 1st, 4 in the 3rd and 6 runs in the 4th. West Point scored all 6 runs in the 2nd stanza.
Sharon’s 9-hit attack was paced by Bodien, Lampkins-Talley and Fertig (2 hits apiece), Cason Connelly (double), and Liam Paoletta and Lucas Perks (singles).
Sharon starting pitcher Lawrence Thompkins (4 innings, 6 hits, 6 runs, 3 earned, 2 KO’s, 2 walks), and relievers Fertig (1 inning, 1 KO, 0 hits, 0 runs), and Bodien (1 inning, 1 hit, 1 KO, 0 runs, 0 walks).
West Point produced 7 hits.
• Norwin 6, Sharon 2 – At Vic Hughes Complex, Grove City, in the Section 2 Tournament opener Sharon scored in the 1st and 5th frames, but Norwin notched 2 runs in the 2nd, 3 in the 3rd and a singleton in the 4th frame. Norwin had 7 hits.
Sharon was led offensively by Lampkins-Talley’s 3-for-3 plate performance that included a double, and Fertig and Thompkins singled. Sharon pitchers included starter Lampkins-Talley (3 innings, 5 runs, 5 hits, 5 KO’s, 5 walks) and Paoletta (2 innings, 2 hits, 1 unearned run, 3 KO’s, 2 walks).
All teams competing in the Section 2 tournament played a doubleheader on Sunday owing to wet weekend weather and playing conditions.
MAJOR DIVISION (11-12)
• Connellsville 8, Sharon 6 (8 inn.) – Sharon was eliminated from the Section tournament as District 9 Connellsville rallied from a 4-0 deficit.
Sharon assumed a 4-0 lead after 4 frames. Santino Gavin stroked an RBI-single, scoring Coen Fertig. JJ Litman drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring Logan Perks, and Iren Brodie’s fielder’s choice grounder scored Jeremiah Nixon. Sharon scored a singleton in the 4th on Perks’s grounder, which scored Fertig.
Connellsville commenced its comeback in the 5th frame, taking advantage of a couple of Sharon miscues and Noah Zawislan’s 2-run home run, squaring the slate at 4. In the top of the 7th, Zawislan’s double scored Tyler Burkus, but Sharon’s Perks pounded a solo shot to forge a 5-all stalemate in the 7th stanza.
But in the 8th Connellsville leadoff hitter Rocco Farrell flared an RBI-single, scoring Jake Monosky. Burkus’ fielders choice scored Cooper Wilson and Linkon Keller’s single scored Farrell. Sharon scored on Kelvin Newby-Morrison’s sac fly, which scored JJ Litman.
For Sharon, Jazya Hueston pitched 4 2/3 innings and Salvatore Donatelli closed out. Gavin ripped 3 singles, Fertig 2 singles, Perks a single and ending his Little League career with a homer, and Jazya Hueston a singled.
Combining for Connellsville on the mound were Jake Monosky (3 innings) and Xander Newmeyer (5 innings).