YOUTH BASEBALL (12U): OWEGO (MORALES) PLAYING FOR OWEGO TOURNAMENT TITLE
(2021-07-12)Tioga County Sports Report
OWEGO — Owego (Morales) took down two opponents Friday and Sunday to move into position to win an Owego Little League 12U Tournament championship here.
Owego dropped top-seeded Johnson City (Farrell), 8-5, Friday, then outlasted Binghamton (Vymislicky), 16-14, Sunday.
JC bounced back to edge Binghamton, 7-6, setting up Monday's title clash with Owego.
Owego 8, Johnson City 5
Owego broke a 5-5 deadlock with a run in the top of the fifth inning, then added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth.
Payden Morales, Cayden Adams and Cayden Smith smacked consecutive singles with Morales scoring the game-winning run on an error.
Sixth-inning singles by Eric Schrader and Lynkon Craft set the pair up to steal home to make the score 8-5.
Trailing, 2-0, Owego rallied for three runs in the second. Caden Morrow walked and stole home, Schrader walked and scored on Craft's double, and Craft stole home to make it 3-2.
Owego pushed its advantage to 5-2 in the fourth as Morrow and Schrader both singled and stole home.
JC would tie the game in the bottom of the inning on a trio of singles.
Craft would go 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, and Schrader was 2-for-2 with three runs. Morrow contributed a hit and two runs; Morales added a hit and a run; and Adams and Smith tacked on one hit each.
Dylan Brace earned the win, striking out 10, scattering six hits and allowing just two earned runs over five innings. Morales picked up the save, giving up one hit and fanning two batters.
Owego 16, Binghamton 14
Owego climbed out of an early eight-run hole to get the win.
An RBI double by Craft and a two-run double by Benny Mikels in the top of the fifth clinched the victory.
Meanwhile, Morrow, who walked the first two batters to start the bottom of the fifth, struck out the side to secure the Owego win.
Adams had an RBI single to give Owego a brief first-inning lead, but Binghamton rode five hits and six walks to a 9-1 cushion.
Morales closed the gap to 9-3 with a two-run single in the top of the third, scoring Beckett Tirinato and Mikels, both of whom had walked. Then, an Adams walk, a Smith single, a Brace double and steal of home, a Sam Buchsbaum walk, and consecutive singles by Morrow, Schrader and Craft made it a one-run contest. After Tirinato was hit by a pitch, Schrader and Craft stole home to make it 10-9 in Owego's favor.
In the top of the fourth, singles by Gio Every, Morales and Adams increased the lead to 11-9, then Morales scored on an error and Adams tallied on a wild pitch, pushing the lead to 13-9.
Two doubles and three walks highlighted a Binghamton rally in the bottom of the inning, putting Owego behind, 14-13.
Morales recorded two hits, three runs and two RBI while Adams and Craft contributed two hits, two runs and two RBI apiece. Schrader had two hits and two runs; Mikels posted a hit, a run and two RBI; Smith and Brace added a hit, run and RBI each; Buchsbaum and Every both had a hit and a run; Tirinato scored twice and Morrow added a hit.
The Owego-JC rematch begins at 5:30 p.m.
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