MILLINOCKET — Hermon scored seven unanswered runs to erase a 6-3 deficit en route to completing an undefeated run through the District 3 9 and 10-year old all-star tournament with a 10-6 victory over Bronco Little League Sunday evening to win the district crown at Kedderis Field.
Hermon (5-0) built an early edge with two runs in the top of the first on an inside-the-park home run by Logan Scripture and RBI double by Brayden Moses to plate Ben Caron, who singled. Hermon made it 3-0 an inning later on a run-scoring single by Alex Taylor to bring home Jack Mailloux, who reached on a walk.
Bronco (5-2) answered in the bottom of the second by scoring four times to take the lead. Jacob Lorenzo delivered the inning’s big blow with a bases-clearing, three-run double that plated Jaykob Wildman and Kameron Hale, each of whom singled, along with special pinch runner Mason Grund. Hale put Bronco on the scoreboard earlier by driving in Ethan Phelps, who singled to the rally.
Bronco extended its lead with two runs in the last of the fourth to make it 6-3. Hale walked and came around to score on an RBI groundout by Lorenzo while Max Polo scampered home on a passed ball after reaching on a single.
Hermon answered an inning later and struck for three runs to tie it 6-6. Scripture reached on an error before scoring on an RBI triple by Gogan, who then came home on a passed ball. Brayden Moses followed with a triple and scored on a triple by Garrick Moors to tie it.
An inning later Hermon scored four more runs to build a lead it would never relinquish. Taylor and Scripture singled before both scored on a two-run triple by Gogan to snap the deadlock for an 8-6 edge. Gogan scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-6, and Moses followed with a single before scoring on an RBI triple by Moors.
Scripture led Hermon with two singles in addition to his solo home run while Moses recorded a single, double and triple. Moors and Gogan each had a pair of triples with Taylor singling twice for the winners, which will open the state tournament Friday at 5 p.m. at Auburn Suburban against the District 6 champion.
For Bronco, which won five-straight elimination games after suffering a tournament-opening loss, Lorenzo finished with a single and double while Michael Delahanty and Jagger Thayer each doubled.
Hermon 210 034 — 10 13 2
Bronco 040 200 — 6 8 3
Caron, Gogan (4) and Gogan, Taylor (4); Phelps, Hughes (4) and Polo, Delahanty (4)