PAL teams capture championships
On July 12, the Irwin Interior Systems Orioles defeated the Level Green Heating and Plumbing Marlins to claim the PAL Bronco League Championship.
The Orioles jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead when Nick Lagnese hit a two-run home run over the left-center field fence, and A.J. Skweres singled and later scored on a Kyle Chismar groundout.
The Marlins made it 3-1 in the top of the third inning, when Josh Bobbs drove home Josh Ratesic with a two-out single.
The Orioles' Josh Clingensmith scattered four hits and surrendered one run while striking out three batters over three innings.
The Orioles sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the third and stretched their lead to 6-1, but the Marlins came right back in the top of the fourth, as they scored five runs to tie the game.
Owen Sabol, Gianni Rizzo, Logan Liebdzinski and Christian Kubacka all drove in runs for the Marlins.
The score remained tied until the bottom of the fifth, when Chismar blasted a three-run shot over the left-center field fence to give the Orioles a 9-6 lead.
Lagnese took the mound in the sixth inning and allowed only one hit, a Liebdzinski single that scored Rizzo to make it 9-7. He went on to pitch a perfect seventh inning to earn the save.
Bobbs, Rizzo, Liebdzinski and Sabol all were strong on the mound for the Marlins, as the trio combined for nine strikeouts over six innings.
Rizzo had three singles and scored twice, and Ratesic reached base three times and scored twice.
Liebdzinski chipped in with three hits, while Skweres pitched a strong fifth inning as he struck out the side to pick up the win.
Lagnese had two hits and scored three runs. Chismar also had two hits, and Mike O'Donnell hit a double to deep left field.
Skweres scored three runs, and Jarid Sabo crossed the plate twice.
Clingensmith made two great plays at first base to dig throws out of the dirt for outs and prevent the Marlins from rallying.
Other members of the championship-winning Orioles who made valuable contributions on the way to a 14-2 overall record were Zach Andzelik, Tommy Henry, Scott Yurek, Ben Krygowski and Derek Skeehan.
8U Fast-pitch Softball
On July 3, Mama Pepino's Pizza defeated East Allegheny for the Eastern Area Championship, 12-11.
A great game was played by both teams in the final.
Mama Pepino's was led by Molly Voit and Cameron Williams, who both had four hits.
Olivia Mastrilli drove in Molly Voit in the bottom of the fifth for the game winning run.
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