New Hartford catcher Dylan Gulla anticipates a play at the plate as Marcy Deerfield’s Joshua Weiler, (7) slides in safely.
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The New York District 10 Little League Major All-Star Tournament is winding down. It’s also really starting to heat up.
Today at New Hartford, the Marcy-Deerfield All-Stars got the bats going early and often, rolling to an 8-1 win over New Hartford, in the semi-final of the D-10 elimination bracket.
The loss ends the tournament for New Hartford, which finished (3-2) and fourth out of the twelve team field.
So how are things heating up? Well, with the win today, Marcy-Deerfield improves to (4-1) and will now take on Oriskany (4-1), which lost a nail biter today to unbeaten Whitestown (4-0), by a score of 2-1, on a 6th inning walkoff home run by Bryce Gnatek.
Whitestown defeated Marcy-Deerfield this past week by a score of (4-0) to gain today’s winner’s bracket final.
In today’s elimination bracket matinee, Marcy-Deefield got rolling early on when Joey Crossely ripped a one out single and was quickly brought around to score on a triple off the bat of Philip Sacco. M-D would take a 1-0 to the bottom of the first.
Sacco, also started the game on the bump for Marcy-Deerfield and went all six for the winners, landing right on the 85 pitch limit, to earn the win or go home affair.
Marcy-Deerfield plated two more in the top of the third when leadoff man Noah Scranton singled and was then bunted to second on a perfectly positioned Nate DePerno sacrifice.
Joe Crossley ripped an RBI double into right field off New Hartford starter Derek Rogers, scoring Scranton, to give the kids clad in red a 3-0 lead.
After to moving to second on a wild pitch, Crossley came in to score on a fielder’s choice / ground ball from Philip Sacco, giving Marcy Deerfield a 4-0 lead heading to the home half of the third.
New Hartford pulled to within 4-1 when Seton King was hit by a pitch and later reached home on an RBI double to left field from Kyle Korrie, pulling the home team to within 4-1 after three full frames of action.
The hits just kept on comin’ for Marcy-Deerfield in the top of the fourth inning when Ethan Kane singled, Scranton drew a walk to get things going with one out.
Kane rolled in to score on an RBI single from Nate DePerno and Scranton alertly scored all the way from first base on an overthrow, to give M-D a 6-1 lead.
Deperno later scored on an RBI double from Crossley, who also later scored on an RBI single from Sacco, to make it 8-1.
Kyle Korrie came on in relief of Derek Rogers in the top of the fifth and silenced the M-D offensive juggernaut for the final couple of innings.
Marcy-Deerfield’s Philip Sacco got a W for the win today, as well as an A for efficiency on the mound getting the job done himself and not further taxing the M-D pitching staff.
Marcy-Deerfield got three hits from Joey Crossley this afternoon and two hits apiece from Philip Sacco, and Noah Scranton to pace the offense.
Kyle Korrie went 3 for 4 for New Hartford, with 1 RBI.
Pitching will now be at a premium, if it wasn’t already, for Oriskany and Marcy -Deerfield, as they will need a win on Monday, for the chance to beat Whitestown, twice, in order to win the District 10 crown.
Whitestown’s prolific pitching staff has allowed just two runs in their four wins so far in the tournament.
Congrats to both of these great clubs on a strong tournament and best of luck Marcy-Deerfield as they march on.
Marcy-Deerfield 8 New Hartford 1
1 2 3 4 5 6 R
Marcy-Deerfield 1 3 0 4 0 0 8
New Hartford 0 0 1 0 0 0 1