Tioga County Sports Report
POTTSTOWN, Pa. — The Elmira Heights-based Finger Lakes Falcons 14U travel baseball team, which features a trio of local players — Waverly’s Jay Pipher and Ty Beeman, and S-VE’s Kam Smith — went 2-1 over the holiday weekend at the BSE Champions Fireworks Explosion.
The Falcons won both of their pool play games to earn the fifth-seed heading into Sunday’s bracket play. They were eliminated by the fourth-seeded Maryland Blue Chips, based in Bel Air, Md., in the opening round.
Falcons 7, Berks Bulls 5
The Falcons scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning to break a 4-4 tie, and held on for a 7-5 four-inning win over the Berks County (Pa.)-based Berks Bulls in the opening game of pool play Friday evening.
Pipher delivered a two-RBI single to cap the second-inning rally for the Falcons. He was 1-for-2 with a run scored, two RBI, and two stolen bases in the win.
Beeman was 0-for-1 with a walk, and Smith entered as a defensive replacement.
Falcons 11, Pa. Shockers 0
Pipher pitched two strong innings and had two hits to lead the Falcons to an 11-0 win over the Quakertown (Pa.)-based Pa. Shockers in the final game of pool play Saturday morning.
Pipher allowed two hits, while striking out four and walking two in two innings of work. He worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the first inning to preserve a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the third inning, Pipher laced an RBI single, and Beeman drew a bases-loaded walk to push the Falcons’ lead to 5-0. Pipher scored the final run of the rally to make it 7-0.
Pipher also added an RBI single in the Falcons’ four-run fifth-inning rally.
Pipher was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI, and two stolen bases in the win, while Beeman was 0-for-2 with a walk, and an RBI, and Smith was 0-for-1 with a walk.
Maryland Blue Chips 10, Falcons 7
The Falcons jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but Maryland BC rallied with six runs in the home half of the inning en route to a 10-7 win in the opening round of bracket play Sunday morning.
Beeman was 0-for-3 with a run scored, and Pipher was 0-for-3 for the Falcons.
Pipher was tagged with the loss on the mound. He allowed five runs — four earned — on four hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings of work.
Maryland BC lost 6-0 in the semifinals to the top-seeded Francisco Notorious 9 (Farmingdale, N.Y.), which beat the Telford (Pa.)-based Indian Valley Storm, 17-0, in the championship game.
The Falcons opened their season June 28 with a pair of wins over the Cortland Crush.
Falcons 14, Crush 3
The Falcons scored five runs in the top of the fourth to blow open a close game en route to a 14-3 win.
Pipher doubled and singled, scored one run, drove in two runs, and stole two bases, while Beeman singled twice, scored one run, knocked in one run, and stole one base, and Smith singled in two at-bats, and scored two runs.
Smith also pitched a hitless inning of relief, striking out three and walking two.
Falcons 12, Crush 1
The Falcons scored four runs in each of the third and fourth innings to roll to a 12-1 win over the Crush.
Kam Smith doubled, scored one run, and drove in two runs in the Falcons’ six-hit attack, while Pipher scored a run and drove in a run, and Beeman collected two RBI.
Pipher pitched two innings of hitless ball, allowing an unearned run on three walks, while striking out three. Beeman pitched an inning of hitless relief, striking out three and walking one.
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