BRADFORD, Pa. – For the second time in three games, the DuBois Little League squad lost a late lead, this time in a 13-12 seven-inning elimination game loss to Southern Lehigh at the Pennsylvania Little League Championships (Major Division) at Pitt-Bradford.
DuBois, the Section 1 champion, led 10-2 going to the top of the sixth inning and got the first two outs of the inning without allowing a baserunner.
But Southern Leigh, the Section 6 champion, saw its next eight batters reach safely cumulating in a game-tying two-run home run by Braden Greenawald to tie the game.
After DuBois went quietly in the bottom of the sixth, Southern Leigh scored three times in the top of the seventh to take a 13-10 lead.
The go-ahead run scored on a passed ball, and Braylon Showalter added a two-run, two-out single.
DuBois tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh with Brody Knouse hitting a two-run home run with one out, but the designated home squad couldn’t complete the rally.
Knouse had a huge game for DuBois going 5-for-5 with a home run, a double, two runs scored, and five RBIs.
Lance Davidson also was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIS for DuBois with Luke Reed going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and Evan Burton going 2-for-3 with an RI. Bryce Buzard also scored three runs while going 1-for-3 with two walks.
PK Thompson paced Southern Lehigh going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Parker Grady was 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and three RIs, Showalter was 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, two runs scored, and two RBIs, and Adam Fritts was 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored, and three RBIs.
Porter Price took the loss going 1 ⅓ innings allowing five earned runs on six hits.
Buzard started for DuBois going 3 ⅔ innings allowing two earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three. Knouse pitched a scoreless inning of relief walking two and striking out one, JT Hughes lasted ⅔ of an inning striking out one, and Reed went ⅓ of an inning allowing six earned runs on four hits and two walks.
Fritts got the win going 4 ⅓ innings of relief allowing six runs, four earned, on seven hits and four walks while striking out four. Thompson picked up the save going one inning allowing a run on a hit while striking out one. Sammy Moscato started and went 1 ⅔ innings allowing five runs, two earned, on seven hits while striking out two.
Southern Lehigh will face Hollidaysburg, a 7-4 winner over Back Mountain, in the loser’s bracket semifinals at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30.
HERMITAGE CONSOLATION GAME CANCELED
The consolation game slated for Friday between Hermitage and Aston Middletown was canceled.