Valley Sports Report
GEORGETOWN, Del. — The Stealin’ Home 12U travel baseball team wrapped up it 2019 season by reaching the quarterfinals of the Sandcastle Open Sunday here at the Sports at the Beach Sports Complex.
The Valley-based Stealin’ Home went 2-2 in pool play, then won a game in bracket play Sunday before bowing out in the quarterfinals with a 10-8 loss to the Camp Hill, Pa.-based Eagles Baseball Club.
Stealin’ Home 13, Blue Collar Bulldogs 3
Stealin’ Home scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning to break open a tie game en route to a 13-3 four-inning win over the Glove Cove, N.Y.-based Blue Collar Bulldogs in the opening game of pool play on Aug. 1.
Ken Mapes drilled a two-run home run in the bottom of the first, and Camden Allen added a solo shot to give SH a quick 3-0 lead, but the Bulldogs rallied to tie the game at 3-3 after 2 1/2 innings.
In the bottom of the third, Nick Grazul hit an RBI single, Shea Bailey ripped a two-RBI double, and Matthew Driesbaugh added a run-scoring single in the six-run rally.
SH finished off the game via the 10-run “mercy” rule in the home half of the fourth inning on an RBI singles by Mapes, Hunter House, and Driesbaugh.
Mapes homered and singled, scored three runs, and drove in three runs, while Grazul single twice, scored three times, and knocked in one run, Bailey doubled and singled, scored once, and knocked in a run, Conner Mosher doubled and singled, and scored one run, and Driesbaugh singled twice and drove in two runs to pace SH’s 12-hit attack.
Allen added a home run, while House singled, scored one run, and drove in one run, and Troy Rosenbloom scored a pair of runs.
House and Mapes shared the pitching duties, allowing just five hits and combining to strike out seven.
Valley Heat 7, Stealin’ Home 2
The Hadley, Mass-based Valley Heat built a 4-0 lead midway through the game en route to a 7-2 win over Stealin’ Home in pool play action on Aug. 2.
Valley Heat scored three runs in the third inning, and another in the top of the fourth, but Stealin’ Home sliced the lead in half with two runs in the home half of the fourth inning on a two-run home run by Nick Grazul. Valley Heat sewed up the win with three runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Troy Rosenbloom stroked a pair of singles and scored one run, while Grazul homered, and Conner Mosher and Dawson Sherman added singles to account for SH’s five hits in the loss.
N.J. Venom 14, Stealin’ Home 6
The Vineland, N.J.-based Venom scored six runs in the top of the fifth inning to blow open a close game en route to a 14-6 win over Stealin’ Home in pool play action on Aug. 3.
Matt Driesbaugh belted a pair of home runs, and Nick Grazul added a solo home run in the loss.
Driesbaugh, who drove in two runs, Grazul, who also singled and scored two runs, and Hunter House, who had two hits, scored one run, and drove in one run, paced SH at the plate.
Camden Allen singled and scored one run, and Ken Mapes, Dawson Sherman, and Carson Rowe each added a single.
Stealin’ Home 6, Rising Stars Junior Ducks 4
Ken Mapes delivered the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth inning to lead Stealin’Home to a 6-4 win over the Long Island-based Rising Stars Junior Ducks in the final game of pool play on Aug. 3.
The Ducks scored runs in each of the first three innings to take a 3-0 lead, but Troy Rosenbloom belted a two-run home run in the home half of the third inning, and Hunter House added a two-run single to give SH a 4-3 lead.
After the Ducks scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 4-4, Rosenbloom walked to lead off the top of the sixth inning, stole second, and scored on a one-out line-drive RBI single to center field by Mapes.
With two outs, Camden Allen ripped an RBI double to right field to make it 6-4.
The Ducks put runners on first and second with one out, but Allen snared a line drive in center field and fired to Mapes at first base for a game-ending double play.
Mapes doubled and singled, scored two runs, and drove in one run to lead SH’s seven-hit attack, while Rosenbloom homered, scored twice, and drove in two runs, House singled and knocked in two runs, Allen doubled and drove in one run, and House and Grazul each singled and scored one run.
House earned the win in relief, allowing one run on three hits in 3 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and three walks.
Stealin’ Home 11, Corning Elite 4
Stealin’ Home rode a five-run third-inning rally to an 11-4 win over Corning Elite Sunday in the opening round of bracket play.
Corning Elite scored twice in the top of the second to take a 2-0 lead, but Shea Bailey scored on a passed ball and Dawson Sherman stroked an RBI single to tie the game.
Corning scored two more runs in the top of the third to take a 4-2 lead, but SH once again answered in the home half of the frame.
Conner Mosher started the rally with a solo home run to right field, and Noah Hobday and Troy Rosenbloom re-ignited it with back-to-back walks. After a wild pitch, Nick Grazul plated a run with an RBI groundout to tie the game at 4-4.
Mapes followed with a two-run home run to centerfield to give SH a 6-4 lead. After back-to-back singles by Hunter House and Camden Allen, Bailey capped the rally with a run-scoring groundout.
Grazul knocked in a run with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth, and Allen ripped a two-run home run to right field to make it 10-4. Matt Driesbaugh capped the scoring with an RBI double.
Allen homered and singled, scored once and drove in two runs to pace SH’s 10-hit attack, while Mapes homered and drove in two runs, Mosher added a solo home run, and Driesbaugh doubled, scored one run, and drove in one run.
Rosenbloom and House each singled and scored twice in the win, while Grazul singled and drove in two runs, Dawson Sherman singled and knocked in a run, Rowe added a single, Bailey scored two runs and drove in one un, and Hobday crossed the plate once.
Sherman earned the win, allowing four runs on five hits, while striking out three in three innings of work.
Bailey pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits and striking out three, and Mosher closed out the game by striking out two and yielding one hit in two-thirds of an inning.
QuarterfinalsEagles Baseball Club 10, Stealin’ Home 8
The Camp Hill, Pa.-based Eagles Baseball Club scored six runs in the top of the first, and three more in the second to take a 9-1 lead, then held on for a 10-8 win over Stealin’ Home in the quarterfinals Sunday afternoon.
Matt Driesbaugh was 3-for-3 with two home runs, three runs scored, and three RBI to pace SH’s nine-hit attack, while Nick Grazul smacked a solo home run, and Troy Rosenbloom doubled and scored one run.
Shea Bailey singled, scored one run, and drove in one run for SH, while Ken Mapes singled and knocked in one run, Dawson Sherman singled and scored one run, and Noah Hobday added a single.
Mapes had the best turn on the mound, allowing one unearned run on two hits, while striking ou two and walking one in three innings of relief. Allen struck out one and walked one in a scoreless inning of relief.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF AMANDA BAILEY.
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