June 17, 2013


Phillies, A’s play for title

BaseballTony DeRado/contributing photographer
The Brewers’ Jacob Gehr scores a run ahead of the tag by Athletics pitcher Jake Prunier during the Crown City Little League semifinal playoff game at Testa Park. The Athletics rallied for a 4-3 victory to earn a spot in the championship round.

It will be the Phillies and the Athletics squaring off for the Crown City Little League Major Division Championship tonight in Cortland.
The third-seeded Phillies are the lone remaining unbeaten team in the double-elimination baseball tournament format after a 10-0 victory over the A’s this weekend. The 6 p.m. title game will be broadcast on WXHC (Oldies 101.5 FM) from First Niagara Bank Field at Ted Testa Park on Starr Road.
Between innings, a brief ceremony will take place where the 2013 All-league players for the Majors and Minors Division will be called out on to the field to receive a plaque and have a group picture taken. Players should arrive by 6 p.m. and be wearing their team jersey and hat.
The Athletics stayed alive with a 4-3 win over the Brewers in the consolation bracket final. The Brewers stayed alive earlier with a 12-5 triumph over the White Sox.
The CCLL Minor Division wrapped up regular season play this weekend with a number of make-up games which set the final standings and seedings for the division’s single elimination tournament this week.
The Cubs picked up wins over the Rockies 14-5, Mets 9-7 and Astros 16-5. The Giants recorded wins over the Astros, 11-0, and Reds, 4-3. The Mets scored a 10-5 victory over the Twins and the Twins nipped the Rockies 8-7.
Phillies 10, Athletics 0: The Phillies scored nine of the 10 runs in the top of the second inning and cruised to the championship game in the winners’ bracket showdown.
Connor Holl led the Phillies offense by going 2-for-3 with a double and triple. Carson Gage and Holiday Sanders each added 2-for-3 efforts with a double. Gage also recorded a pair of RBIs as did Elijiah Meyer and Steven Klinger (double). Andrew Tillotson and Zack Discenza combined on the one-hit shutout.
Brewers 12, White Sox 5: The Brewers led 3-2 after a wild first inning before breaking open a 5-3 game with three runs in the top of the fourth inning and four more runs in the top of the sixth.
Bryce Haines had three hits and four RBIs, including one double, for the Brewers. Nick Owen added two doubles and Brandon Ludwig one in a winning cause.
Athletics 4, Brewers 3: In the top of the sixth, the A’s wear clinging to the lead at 1-0. Jacob Gehr hit a one-out triple for the Brewers and then scored on a passed ball tying the game 1-1. Two batters later, Bryce Haines hit a two-run homer to give the Brewers a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. The A’s rallied from the deficit to win the game 4-3 and punch their ticket to the championship game.
When the dust settled from the make-up games, the Mets (8-4) will begin tournament play as the top-seed and they will play in the semifinal round Thursday at 6 p.m. on Alliance Bank Field against the lowest seeded remaining team after the first round games. The other two winners meet on First Niagara Bank Field at 6 p.m.
Tonight, the second-seeded Giants (8-4) meet the seventh-seeded Reds (3-9) at 6 p.m. on Alliance Bank Field.
Tuesday, the third-seeded Cubs (7-5) host the sixth-seeded Rockies (4-8) at 6 p.m. on First Niagara Bank Field. The fourth-seeded Twins (7-5) and fifth-seeded Astros (5-7) meet on Alliance Bank Field at the same time.
The Minor Division Championship will take place Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Alliance Bank Field.


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