The Bronco Junior League all-stars dropped their opening game to New Jersey state champion Manchester 3-2 on Saturday and picked up a win in a losers bracket game against Maryland state champion Easton 9-8 Sunday to stay alive in the East Region Junior League baseball tournament in Freehold, N.J.
On Saturday, Manchester scored two runs in the top of the first inning and the third and deciding run in the top of the third inning. Bronco answered with one run in the bottom of the third inning and added one more in the sixth
Jackson Gilmore paced Bronco offensively with three hits, including a double and RBI. Tyler Beaton led Bronco on the mound with four innings pitched, striking out one and giving up three runs. Gilmore also pitched, recording three strikeouts.
Bronco won an offensive battle Sunday over Easton, with 12 of the 17 total runs coming in the final three innings. Bronco’s one run in the second inning, the only run scored before the fourth inning, proved to be the difference maker in the 9-8 victory. Christian Greener paced Bronco with three RBI, while Gilmore and Beaton added two hits each.
Gilmore pitched four and 2/3 innings to lead Bronco on the mound.
Bronco moves on in the losers bracket to play Massachusetts state champion Quincy on Monday at 1 p.m.
At Mansfield Stadium in Bangor, the Bangor all-stars earned a berth in the championship round of the District 3 Senior League tourney with a 2-1 victory over Bronco Little League of Hampden Sunday night and now needs one victory to secure the berth in the Senior League World Series that begins in Bangor next Sunday.
Hampden plays a losers bracket game in the double-elimination district tourney at 7 p.m. Monday against Holbrook, a 7-1 winner over Houlton earlier Sunday.
The winner of that game takes on Bangor at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the title round. A Bangor loss would force an if-necessary game at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Bangor scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the lead for good in Sunday night’s game.
Sam Huston lined a one-out single to left, which was followed by a single from Alec Coleman-Pray. Both runners scored on Trevor DeLaite’s two-out, two run single to right.
James Prescott, Nick Moore, and Andrew Hillier held Bronco on the mound, allowing one run, six hits, three walks, and striking out five.
Coleman-Pray finished with two singles for Bangor and Eric Hoogterp notched three singles for Bronco.
In Sunday’s first game, Holbrook (3-1) broke the game open with five runs on five hits in the bottom of the fifth inning, highlighted by Ryan Ward’s two-run single and Justin Gagnon’s two-run double. Holbrook pitchers, Chase Allen, Logan Rogerson, Tommy Burns, and Justin Gagnon limited Houlton to one run on eight hits and struck out seven. Houlton left 11 runners on base and Holbrook turned three double plays.
Ward and Burns each finished with two singles for Holbrook, with Burns also driving in a run.
Gage Hunt recorded three singles for Houlton (1-2) and Nick Hagan had two and an RBI. Gage LeFay added a double.
On Saturday, Holbrook eliminated Sebasticook 9-2 and Houlton ousted Old Town 4-1 in losers bracket games.
In Saturday’s first game, Holbrook scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning without benefit of a hit, aided by two Sebasticook errors, four walks and a hit batsmen.
Mike Grimble sparked Holbrook with an RBI triple and single while Tommy Burns chipped in with a double and RBI.
In Saturday’s second game, Houlton’s Kole Buzzeo pitched a complete game to lift his team to victory, allowing one run on three hits, not walking a batter and striking out nine.
Gage Hunt and Nick Hagan paced Houlton with two singles each, with Hagan adding two RBI.
Tyler Young notched an RBI single for Old Town.
(Saturday’s First Game)
Sebasticook 100 001 0 — 2 2 4
Holbrook 003 150 x — 9 5 1
Girrior, Upton (4), Allen (4) and Dyer; Ward, Gagnon (2), Rogerson (4), Allen (7) and Archambault, Burns (2), Archambault (4)
(Saturday’s Second Game)
Old Town 000 001 0 — 1 3 3
Houlton 200 020 x — 4 6 4
Byther and Young; Buzzeo and Drew
(Sunday’s First Game)
Houlton 001 000 0 — 1 8 1
Holbrook 200 050 x — 7 8 0
Drew, Cullinan (3), and Bouchard, Drew (3); Allen, Rogerson (2), Burns (5), Gagnon (7) and Archambault, Burns (7)
(Sunday’s Second Game)
Bronco 010 000 0 — 1 6 1
Bangor 000 020 x — 2 4 0
Hoogterp and Farmer; Prescott, N. Moore (5), Hillier (7) and Crichton
At West Deptford, N.J., Aaron Clancy and Robert Salvucci each had two hits and two RBI as Quincy, Mass., defeated Acadian Little League of Bar Harbor 11-2 in Saturday action at the 2013 Senior League Baseball Eastern Regional.
Glassboro, N.J., eliminated Acadian with a 13-2 win on Sunday.
On Saturday, Quincy scored four times in the first inning for the early lead. Troy Shepard had a two-run double in that opening frame.
Acadian scored twice in the fourth to make things interesting. Santos Henggeler had an RBI double in the inning and Cordell Soper recorded an RBI single. Thomas Paola singled and scored a run.
A baserunning mistake ended the Acadian rally.
Quincy scored three times in the fourth and fifth innings, however, to blow the game open. Meanwhile, David Suslowicz came on to pitch the final two innings for Quincy, retiring all six batters he faced including four by strikeout.
On Sunday, Glassboro erupted for 12 runs in the third and fourth innings to eliminate Acadian. The game was halted in the fifth inning due to the 10-run rule.
Tommy Villec went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored and Dom D’Alessandro went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI to pace Glassboro, the local district champions.
Brendan Sprague went 3-for-3 for Acadian to account for three of its five hits. Taner Bickford accounted for both runs with a two-run single. Dylan Collin and Paola each scored a run and Henggeler singled.
In other games, Caroline North (Md.) defeated Edgewood LL (Conn.) 8-3 and Naamans LL (Del.) beat Glassboro (N.J.) 4-1 on Friday. On Saturday, Johnston shut out Caroline 6-0, Kennett Square (Pa.) edged Allegany County (N.Y.) 14-10 and Naamans topped Buena (N.J.) 10-7.