New Hartford’s Roman Kimball was locked in tonight on the mound.

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ball21-121x130The New York District 10 Little League 9-10 year old All-Star Tournament is going to come down to a one game showdown between North Utica and New Hartford.

That’s because New Hartford came out of the elimination bracket and defeated North Utica by a score of 8-3, tonight at West Utica.

New Hartford avenged a 2-0 loss to North Utica that took place last Sunday, to force the winner take all contest tomorrow.

North Utica’s Josh Duval (19) turns on a 4th inning offering.

Tonight two of the best young pitchers in the region hooked up in front of a very large group of fans at Addison Miller Park.

Roman Kimball, a hard throwing right hander with a mixed bag of pitches, took the hill for New Hartford, while Branden Peterson got the call for North Utica.

Both pitchers were looking for their third win of the tournament.

It was Roman Kimball’s night for sure, as the 10 year old worked 3 and 2/3 innings, allowing just 1 run, on 2 hits, while striking out 8 and walking 3 for the victory.

New Hartford grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a Tyler Potocki RBI single that scored John Karwowski, who walked to lead off the game.

ball21-121x130New Hartford tacked on three more in the top of the third inning Luke Strassberger singled, Karwowski reached on an error and Potocki drew a one out walk to load the bases

A fielder’s choice ground ball off the bat of Kyle Philipkoski scored Strassberger and a huge RBI double from NH catcher, Jack Darby, scored Karwowski and Potocki to increase the advantage to 4-0 heading to the home half of the third.

Branden Peterson reached on a one out catcher’s interference call in the bottom of the third and quickly stole second base.

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New Hartford’s Jack Darby slides into second for a third inning double.

A wild pitch to Max Pawlowski sent Peterson to third and he scored North Utica’s first run on an RBI single from Peyton Kimball to make it 4-1 after three frames.

ball21-121x130After a scoreless fourth and relievers on for both teams with Roman Kimball and Brenden Peterson each reaching their maximum pitch counts, New Hartford increased the lead to 5-1 in the top of the fifth when Michael Fanelli, a pinch runner for Kyle Philipkoski, scored on Jack Darby’s second double of the game.

North Utica got it to within 5-3 with a couple of runs in the bottom of the fifth, as Branden Peterson ripped a double and Max Pawlowski walked, causing them each to cross the plate to inch their team closer to a title tonight.

North Utica 2nd baseman Jeff Nanna (11) throws from his knees on a 5th inning infield hit.

New Hartford dashed the hopes of North Utica with three much needed insurance runs in the top of the sixth. Jack Darby had his third hit of the game, a single, while Kieran Ronan added a double and Tyler Potocki and Kyle Philipkoski each tacked on a single, to generate the final three runs of the ballgame, leading New Hartford to the 8-3 win.

ball21-121x130The win forces a winner take all Championship game tomorrow night at 6 p.m., with the winner carrying the District 10 banner into State Sectional play this weekend.

Congratulations to both clubs on a great tournament so far and best of luck for a great game tomorrow night. 

Either way, District 10 will crown a worthy champion!


New Hartford 8 North Utica 3

                                  1 2 3 4 5 6 R

New Hartford                1 0 3 1 0 3 8

North Utica                   0 0 1 0 2 0 3

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New Hartford’s Kieran Ronan rounds second and heads to third for a 6th inning triple.