Greetings! Whitestown’s Tommy Morreale (16) is welcomed home by a bunch of happy Whitestown All-Stars after belting a two-run homer.
MHTS update 7/16: Whitestown wins Section 2 title! Whitestown knocked off a powerful Baldwinsville team, 6-3 on Wednesday night, to earn a berth in the upcoming New York State Little League Tournament.
Bryce Gnatek pitched his team to the win. Lucas Pasquarelli earned the save. On offense,Jordan Joslyn smacked a solo home run. Whitestown opens tourney play on Monday at 11:30am in Cicero. Good luck from MHTS!
WHITESTOWN ALL-STARS CRUISE PAST MAINE-ENDWELL-1 WIN FROM STATE FINALS
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The Whitestown Little League All-Stars defeated Maine-Endwell by a score of 9-0 tonight at Eastwood Park in Syracuse, to advance to the Section 2 Championship Game against Baldwinsville, District 8, tomorrow night.
The District 10 Champions got a complete game shutout from Colin McAndrew on the mound en route to their third win in as many starts in the Sectional Tournament.
McAndrew used every pitch in his magician’s hat full of tricks tonight, allowing just 2 hits, while striking out 13 and not walking a single Maine-Endwell batter.
After breezing through the District 10 Tournament, and winning their first two in the Section 2 Tournament, opposing teams have come to know that if Whitestown’s pitchers don’t get you, their hitters will.
Tonight, it was double trouble for M-E because Whitestown had it all going on.
Whitestown entered tonight’s semifinal with a record of (2-0) in pool play, while Maine Endwell joined the party with a record of (1-1).
The other semifinal pitted Baldwinsville (2-0) against Horseheads (1-1). The latter contest was won by B’Ville, by a score of 16-0, in four innings.
The blue shirts got things going early when Maine-Endwell starting pitcher, Lucas Messemer, could not find the strike zone, walking Griffin Sciortino and hitting Zack Britt with a pitch to start the game.
A one out walk to Bryce Gnatek loaded the bases for Jordan Joslyn, who’s fielder’s choice grounder scored Sciortino, giving Whitestown a 1-0 lead going to the bottom of the first.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the 3rd inning, when Whitestown’s potent bats came alive in support of McAndrew’s stellar pitching.
Zack Briitt started things off with a single off M-E reliever, Davis Wechisen. Tommy Morreale then stepped in and sent Wechisen’s next offering into center field, of the next field over, for a two-run homer, putting Whitestown up by a score of 3-0.
Bryce Gnatek, Jordan Joslyn and Jacob Wojtowycz then connected on back to back to back doubles to make it 5-0 in favor of Whitestown, which is the way this game would remain until the top of the fourth.
The visitors got after it again in the fourth when Bryce Gnatek sent a laser beam over the center field fence to make it 6-0.
Whitestown put this game out of reach in the top of the fifth, when Noah Collea and Alex Nofri reached on walks. Griff Sciortino then singled home Collea, to make it 7-0. Zack Britt followed suit with a single of his own, scoring Nofri, to make it 8-0.
Whitestown plated its 9th and final run of the game when Tommy Morreale’s RBI single brought in Sciortino, to make it 9-0.
McAndrew faced just 6 batters in the fifth and sixth innings, striking out 4 of them, propelling Whitestown to the Section 2 Title tilt tomorrow.
Whitestown, winners of eight in a row, will face their stiffest test to date in tomorrow’s final, when they meet Baldwinsville.
The District 8 Champions have proven to be an offensive machine, scoring 44 runs in three games at the Sectional.
The winner of tomorrow night’s matchup will represent Section 2 at the six-team New York State Little League Major Division Championship Tournament, July 21-25 in Cicero.
The winner of that tournament will advance to Bristol, Connecticut for the United States East Regional Tournament.
The winner of that tournament, well, they go to Williamsport for a little event known as The Little League World Series.
Best of luck Whitestown! Keep it rolling!
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