WHITESTOWN ALL-STARS ADVANCE TO SECTION 2 SEMIFINALS
Marcy-Deerfield’s Brian Zbytiewski (13) reaches for a throw from the outfield, as Whitestown’s Tommy Morreale (16) hits the bag safely.
Update courtesy Nick Sardina
SYRACUSE – Collin McAndrew hit a walkoff homer as Whitestown’s Little League All-Stars advanced to the District 2 semifinals with a 6-5 victory over Horseheads Sunday at Cummings Field.
Whitestown won its pool with a 2-0 mark over the weekend, they defeated Camden 8-0 Saturday, and now face Monday’s Maine-Endwell/Watertown winner at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the semis.
Whitestown trailed 4-0 Sunday, but clawed back to tie the game in the third inning on back-to-back homers by Tommy Morreale (3-run hr) and Bryce Gnatek, who also earned the victory on the mound.
Bryce Collis gave Whitestown a 5-4 lead with a solo shot of his own in the fourth. Horseheads knotted the game at 5-5 in the top of the fifth.
During Saturday’s win over Camden, Gnatek hit a solo homer, while Morreale got the victory and hit a three-run homer.
WHITESTOWN TOPS MARCY-DEERFIELD 5-2-FOR DISTRICT 10 LITTLE LEAGUE MAJOR TITLE
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The Whitestown Little League 11-12 Year Old All-Star Team completed an undefeated run through the District 10 Tournament tonight, with a 5-2, weather-shortened victory over Marcy-Deerfield.
With no outs in the top of the fourth inning and trailing Whitestown by a score of 5-0, Marcy-Deerfield got a single from Noah Scranton and a double from Nate DePerno to put runners at second and third with nobody out.
At that moment, umpires saw lightning in the distance and called for a thirty minute lightning delay.
At the conclusion of the thirty minute delay, the teams were allowed to retake the field and Marcy-Deerfield managed to plate two runs, to pull to within 5-2, at the end of three and one-half innings of play.
In the bottom of the fourth inning and with Whitestown batting, lightning was again seen in the sky and the game was called and deemed official.
Ahead 5-2 at that point, Whitestown was declared the winner.
With the win, Whitestown capped a perfect run through the District-10 Tournament, going (5-0) to take home the banner.
Whitestown took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, when speedy leadoff man, Griff Sciortino, doubled and was moved to third on a one out sacrifice fly by Tommy Morreale.
Bryce Gnatek’s single to left field scored Sciortino and Whitestown took a 1-0 lead to the second inning.
Morreale was terrific on the mound for Whitestown, in his first start of the District 10 Tournament.
No inning was better for Morreale than the top of the second, where he set M-D’s hitters down 1-2-3, on just nine pitches.
Whitestown broke through in a big way in the bottom of the second, all with two outs.
Collin McAndrew, Nick Sardina and Sciortino all banged out singles, with Sciortino’s driving in the first run to make it 2-0.
Zack Britt then put a charge into a long double, scoring Sardina and Sciortino to make it 4-0. Tom Morreale ripped another double to score Britt and suddenly it was 5-0, which is the way we’d go to the third inning.
Marcy-Deerfield fought back hard for a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, but Mother Nature had other plans as this one was deemed official after 3 and 1/2 innings.
Tommy Morreale picked up the win on the mound for Whitestown, which will now advance to the New York State Sectional Tournament, this weekend in Syracuse.
Whitestown will begin play on Saturday, against District 9 Champion, Camden.
Congratulations to both teams on a great District 10 Tournament and best of luck to Whitestown as they represent Utica and the Mohawk Valley in Sectional play.
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