|DISTRICT 15 LITTLE LEAGUE (MINORS): ATHENS CLAIMS DISTRICT TITLE WITH 12-1 WIN OVER TUNKHANNOCK (21 PHOTOS) (2018-07-09)
Valley Sports Report
ATHENS — Athens scored nine runs in the bottom of the third inning en route to a 12-1 four-inning win over Tunkhannock here Monday evening to finish off a dominant run through the Minors Division baseball playoffs with a District 15 championships.
Athens went 4-0 in pool play, and won three more games in bracket, outscoring its opponents 121-15 in the seven games.
Tunkhannock also turned in a gritty performance in the tournament, playing its way all the way back to finals after losing to Sayre 12-7 in the opening round.
Tunkhannock beat RTL 19-12 and Allegheny Mountain 17-10, before rallying to beat Sayre 14-8 in consolation bracket semifinals. They capped off their run in the consolation bracket finals with an 11-2 win over Wellsboro.
Athens took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Cooper Robinson scooted home on a passed, and extended the lead to 3-0 in the second inning on a two-out, two-RBI single by Robinson that plated Karson Sipley and Graham Wanck, who reached bases via base on balls to lead off the frame.
After Tunkhannock scored its only run in the top of the third inning, Athens put the game away in the home half. All nine runs scored with two outs in a rally that featured RBI singles by Ryan Driesbaugh, Matthias Welles, and Duncan Thetga.
Welles struck out the side in order in the top of the fourth inning to finish off the game via the 10-run “mercy” rule.
Welles allowed just an unearned run on three hits, while striking out seven and walking one to earn the win in a complete-game four-inning performance.
Welles stroked three singles, scored one run, and drove in one run, and Robinson singled, scored twice, and had three RBI to pace Athens at the plate, while Thetga singled, scored one run, and knocked in a run, and Elijah Hobday singled and scored two runs.
Driesbaugh singled and drove in a run in the win, while Eli Hicks and Austyn Stedge each scored a run, and drove in a run, and Wanck, Sipley, Rodney Chapman, and Connor Davidson each scored a run.
IN PHOTO 1: Athens’ Matthias Welles. … PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHRISTINA KREYKENBOHM.