The Bronco Junior League all-stars of Hampden stayed alive in the East Region Junior League baseball tournament on Monday with a 9-2 victory over Connecticut state champion Tolland on Monday in Freehold, N.J.
Bronco (2-1) scored three runs in the first inning and four in the second to seal the game up early. The all-stars added two more in the bottom of the sixth inning before allowing Tolland to score two runs in the top of the seventh.
Tyler Beaton paced Bronco with three hits and two RBI while Nick Robideaux walked twice and drove in one run.
Andrew Gendreau struck out two batters in 1 2/3 innings pitched to lead Bronco on the mound while Ben Huston pitched 2 2/3 innings innings and struck out one.
Bronco next faces Manchester, N.J., in a rematch of the first round which Bronco lost 3-2. The game starts Tuesday at 4 p.m. Both teams are 2-1 in the double-elimination tourney.
Quincy, Mass., will play host Freehold in Tuesday’s first game at 1 p.m. while unbeatens Massapequa, N.Y., and DuBois, Pa., will square off at 7 p.m.
The winners of the afternoon games advance to a 4 p.m. elimination game on Wednesday. That winner then takes on the loser of the N.Y-Pa. contest at 7 p.m.
The winner of the 7 p.m. contest advances to the championship round at 10 a.m. Thursday against the winner of Tuesday night’s game of N.Y.-Pa. An if-necessary game would follow at 1 p.m.
At Mansfield Stadium in Bangor, Bronco Little League of Hampden rallied from a seven-run deficit to eliminate Holbrook from the double-elimination District 3 Senior League tourney and advance to the championship round against Bangor.
Bronco will face unbeaten Bangor at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Mansfield and will need to beat Bangor twice to claim the District 3 title. The champion earns a berth in the Senior League World Series which begins Sunday at Mansfield.
Nick Guerrette pitched the final 5 1/3 innings in relief, earning the win for Bronco, allowing one run on six hits, not walking a batter and striking out five.
Two-run doubles by Corbin Sherman and Gresley Langbein, the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters in the Bronco lineup, highlighted its four-run third to close to within 7-6.
Bronco took the lead for good with three runs in the fourth, sparked by Cody Lyons’ two-run triple.
Billy Campbell notched three singles and an RBI for Bronco while Lyons added two singles and Langbein a single. Eric Hoogterp chipped in with an RBI double.
Tommy Burns tripled, singled and drove in four runs to spark Holbrook and Joe Archambault contributed a double and single. Logan Rogerson added an RBI triple and single while Ryan Ward recorded two singles and Chase Allen had an RBI double.
Holbrook (3-2) 250 100 0 — 8 12 6
Bronco (3-1) 024 321 x — 12 11 4
Allen, Burns (3) and Archambault, Bamford (6); Lyons, Guerrette (2) and Farmer