|YOUTH BASEBALL (14U): STEALIN' HOME WINS FOUR STRAIGHT AFTER LOSS TO CAPTURE DUNN CLASSIC TITLE (24 PHOTOS) (2018-05-03)
Valley Sports Report
ELMIRA — The Stealin’ Home 14U travel baseball team lost its first game May 26 here at the Dunn Classic, but bounced back with four straight wins over two days to capture the title at the Dunn Classic.
Ithaca Baseball Inlet Monsters 6, Stealin’ Home 4
Ithaca scored six runs in the home half of the third inning, and held on for a 6-4 win over Stealin’ Home Saturday morning in the opening game of the tournament.
SH scored an unearned run in the top of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead, but quickly fell behind 6-1 on six unearned runs, thanks in large part to four errors.
SH answered with a run in the top of the fourth on a single up the middle by David Northrup, a double by Mason Houseknecht, and an RBI groundout by Dom Fabbri.
Fabbri led off the top of the seventh with a single and advanced to third base when Susquehanna’s Ryan Rychlewski was hit by a pitch, and Kannon VanDuzer walked. Brayden Horton drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly, and Luke Horton ripped an RBI double to center field to close the gap to 6-4, but SH stranded the tying runs.
Luke Horton had three hits, including a double, and drove in one run to pace SH at the plate, while Fabbri singled, scored one run, and drove in a run, Brayden Horton doubled and drove in a run, Northrup singled and scored a run, and Houseknecht added a double.
Houseknecht allowed an unearned run in two innings, while striking out five and walking one. Luke Horton struck out three in 2 2/3 innings of no-hit relief, and Fabbri allowed one hit in a scoreless inning of relief.
Stealin’ Home 10, Vestal Bears 2
Brayden Horton homered and doubled, and Stealin’ Home used a seven-run second-inning rally in a 10-2 win over the Vestal Bears Saturday night.
The Bears scored both its runs in the top of the first inning, but SH answered with a run in the home half of the first on an RBI single by Cortland’s Jason Carr to score Brayden Horton, who was on base after his double.
SH took control in the second inning in a rally that featured an inside-the-park three-run home run by Brayden Horton, and an RBI single by VanDuzer
Northrup’s RBI triple in the third inning, and an RBI groundout by Zach Garrity in the fifth inning accounted for SH’s final two runs.
Brayden Horton also scored two runs and had three RBI for SH, while Houseknecht doubled and singled, and scored two runs, Northrup tripled and singled, scored one run, and drove in a run, and Carr and VanDuzer singled twice, scored one run, and knocked in a run to pace an 11-hit attack.
Caleb Nichols singled and scored a run in the win, Fabbri and Rychlewski each scored a run, and Garrity drove in a run.
Carr allowed two unearned runs on four hits, while striking out two and walking one in three innings to earn the win.
VanDuzer pitched three innings of two-hit scoreless relief, while striking out two and walking one. Garrity closed out the game with an inning of one-hit relief with one strikeout.
Stealin’ Home 10, Vestal Bears 0
Dom Fabbri tossed a four-hit shutout in a 10-0 five-inning win over the Vestal Bears Sunday morning.
Fabbri, who struck out four and walked none, threw just 68 pitches in the complete-game effort.
Jake Burgess gave SH a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a two-out, two-run single to score Nichols, who led off with a triple, and Brayden Horton, who reached on a walk.
SH took firm control of the game in the home half of the third inning with a five-run rally to take a 7-0 lead.
VanDuzer, Garrity, and Nichols stroked consecutive singles to lead off the bases, then Brayden Horton hit an RBI single up the middle, and Luke Horton worked a walk to force home a run to make it 4-0.
With one out, Burgess plated a run with an RBI single, Houseknecht knocked home a run with a groundout, and Northrup capped the rally with an RBI single to make it 7-0.
SH closed out the game via the 10-run “mercy” rule in the bottom of the fifth inning. Nichols led off with a single, Brayden Horton ripped an RBI triple and scored on an RBI double by Luke Horton, who scored on an RBI single by Carr.
Nichols had three hits, including a triple, and scored three runs to lead SH’s 12-hit attack, while Brayden Horton tripled and singled, scored three runs, and had two RBI, and Burgess singled twice, and had three RBI.
Luke Horton doubled, scored two runs, and drove in two runs in the win, while Northrup and Carr each singled and drove in a run, VanDuzer and Garrity each singled and scored a run, and Houseknecht drove in a run.
Stealin’ Home 15, Ithaca Baseball Inlet Monsters 0
Luke Horton tossed a two-hitter, and Stealin’ Home blew the game open early with eight runs in the first inning to avenge its only loss of the tournament with a 15-0 four-inning rout of Ithaca Sunday morning.
Horton struck out six and walked two in his four-inning complete-game effort. He threw 68 pitches.
Nichols, Brayden Horton and Luke Horton led off the game with singles to make it 1-0. Northrup and Garrity added two-RBI doubles later in the inning as SH built an 8-0 lead.
In the second inning, Houseknecht delivered an RBI single, and Northrup hit an inside-the-park three-run home run to make it 12-0.
SH, which left the bases loaded in the top of the third, scored three more runs in the fourth inning in a rally that featured a two-run single by Fabbri and an RBI single by Garrity.
Northrup homered and doubled, scored three runs and had five RBI to pace SH at the plate, while Garrity doubled and singled, scored one run, and had three RBI, Houseknecht singled twice, scored two runs, and drove in two runs, and Nichols singled twice, and scored one run.
Fabbri singled, scored one run, and had two RBI in the win, Brayden Horton and Carr each singled and scored two runs, Luke Horton singled, scored a run, and drove in a run, and Rychlewski and Burgess each scored a run.
Stealin’ Home 4, Ithaca Baseball Inlet Monsters 2
Stealin’ Home scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, and Jason Carr made it stand up with a complete-game effort as Stealin’ Home won the rubber game with a 4-2 win over Ithaca Sunday afternoon.
Carr allowed two runs on three hits, while striking out five and walking one in a seven-inning effort. He threw just 82 pitches.
SH took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the bottom of the second inning, but Ithaca answered with two runs in the top of the third fourth for a 2-1 lead.
In the home half of the fourth, Garrity reached on a dropped third strike that would have been the third out, then Rychlewski and VanDuzer both reached on errors that allowed runs to score, giving SH a 3-2 lead.
Nichols capped the scoring with an RBI single to make it 4-2.
Carr retired Ithaca in order in each of the last three innings to preserve the win.
Nichols singled twice and drove in a run, and Like Horton doubled and singled to pace SH’s six-hit attack, while Northrup and Rychlewski each singled and scored a run, and Fabbri and Garrity each scored a run.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF CRISTINA KREYKENBOHM.