Mixers, Heaters to face off after semi-final wins
The top two teams in the Adams-Wells Sandy Koufax League tournament continued on their way in action at Worthman Field Thursday night with undefeated Erie Haven blasting Courtesy Motors 13-3 and McIntire Heating and Air Conditioning fashioning a 7-3 triumph over Monroe Country Corner Deli.
In the opener, Erie Haven had seven runs on the scoreboard in the first inning before Courtesy could register the first out and Erie never let up. They finally scored three in the bottom of the sixth for the 10-run rule victory. Kyle Witwer, Evan Selking, Brett Baker, and Jordan Hilyard all doubled in the victory for Erie Haven.
Bauer was the starter and winning pitcher for Erie Haven with relief help from Hilyard. Mason Shinaberry, Danny Baker, and Austin Knous all pitched for Courtesy.
In the nightcap, a back-and-forth tilt finally went McIntire's way as the Heaters pushed three runs across home in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good.
Josh Brune was the hitting star for McIntire's clubbing a long triple and double. Tanner Butler and Zach Fiechter both doubled for Country Corner Deli.
Clayton Harkless started for the Monroe squad and knocked off seven strikeouts while Luke Liter went the final frame striking out three of the four batters he faced. For the winners, Parker Zeser started and got the win with nine Ks while Patrick McBarnes tamed Monroe bats over the final three innings on no hits and no walks while striking out five.
Brune started the game in the first for McIntire's with his triple and Zeser was plunked by a pitch. Both runners scored on a two-RBI single by Troy Dahlstrom. The Deli rebounded with two runs in the top of the second on a triple by Fuentes and single by Andy Oliver.
Tony Busse singled in Jeremy Razo in the bottom of the second for a 3-2 McIntire lead but the Monroe nine again tied the contest in the fourth when Jared Lehman hit a two-strike single to center scoring Butler. The big three-run splurge by McIntire's was keyed by a base hit by Logan Hake, Brune's double, and a RBI ground out by Busse. The victors added an insurance run in the fifth when Zack Macklin was hit by a pitch, stole second and third, and scored on a wild pitch.
Results of the games played Thursday night in Monroe at Don Ray Field in the loser's bracket were not available.
Action in the tournament will take a brief break will play resuming Monday with Erie Haven, now 17-0 on the season, facing a strong challenge from McIntire's, a team that owns a 16-1 slate. That game, in the winner's bracket will be played at 6 p.m. In the loser's bracket at Monroe, games will be at 5:30 and 7:45 p.m.
The final game of the loser's bracket is set for next Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Worthman Field while the championship tilt is at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 14. If a second game is needed to determine the champion, it will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.