Tri-County’s Ethan Scott (6) slides into home as Little Falls catcher Chase Doxtader (12) awaits the ball and umpire John Niehme monitors the situation. 

Jeff Pexton-MHTS-PGI Photo

ball21-121x130The Tri-County and Little Falls 11-12 Year Old All-stars started their first round District 10 Little League Tournament game on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Sauquoit Little League complex. 

The game was suspended due to bad weather on Sunday with Tri-County leading Little Falls by a score of 13-9 after three innings of play.

They tried again on Monday to resume play, but once again Mother Nature said no way. 

On Tuesday it looked as if the weather might cooperate, until a late afternoon thunderstorm blew through the Sauquoit Valley and set the game back another day.

Tri-County’s Carter Reilly (2) hammers a second inning double.

So, two days after the game was halted, play finally resumed and it was the Tri-County All-Stars that pushed another seven runs across in the home half of the the fourth inning to earn the win by a score of 20-10. 

On Sunday, Little Falls got on the board first, when Ryan Feane led off the game with a walk, and later scored on a sharp double off the bat of Eddie Rogers.

Trailing 1-0, Tri-County, which is a collection of all-stars from Sauquoit, Brookfield, Madison and Waterville, answered with a big bottom half of the first.

Alex Davis, Ethan Scott and Dawson Eckrich managed consecutive singles off Little Falls starter, Parker Tooley, tying the game at 1-1, with just one out.

Seth Zimmer then smacked a 2 RBI single to left center to give Tri-County a 3-1 lead, which is the way we’d go to the second frame.

ball21-121x130Little Falls got things heated up in the top of the second, when Mason Trumbone walloped a one out triple, followed by a RBI double off the bat of Eddie Rogers to make it 3-2 in favor of Tri-County.

That would be all for Tri-County starter, Matt Wentrick, who was replaced on the hill by Dawson Eckrich.

Parker Tooley’s single to greet Eckrich scored Rogers to tie the game at 3-3. A Single by Chase Doxtader and a two out walk to Isiah Zanecki loaded the bases for Kyle Stowell, who laced a double, scoring two more to make it 5-3 in favor of Little Falls, heading to the bottom of the second. 

Little Falls starter Parker Tolley (25) gave it a good go!

The offensive barrage continued for Tri-County, as the kids in maroon sent eleven batters to the dish, pounding out five hits and drawing three walks, all with two outs and resulted in a six run outburst.

The big hit of the inning was Sauquoit’s, Matt Wentrick, who sent a bomb over the right field fence for a three run home run to make it 10-5 in favor of TC.

Wentrick’s missile must have gotten Mother Nature’s attention, because shortly after that, the game was delayed for over an hour due to lightning in the area. 

ball21-121x130Chase Doxtader led off the top of the third with a single and later came around to score on a two out RBI single from Ryan Feane, to pull Little Falls to within 10-6.

Alex Davis slapped a one out single and later scored on a two out double off the bat of Eckrich, to make it 11-6.

After a walk to Cody Vanort, Ryan Inglis hammered a triple, scoring two more, to make it 13-6 in favor of Tri-County. That brings us to the fourth inning.

Mason Trumbone singled and then scored on a double by Eddie Rogers, to make it 13-7.

 Parker Tooley walked and Ted Schoff doubled, scoring Rogers and Tooley, to make it 13-9. At the same time, the Heavens opened up, bringing the game to a halt for the day.

Tri-County’s Matt Wentrick is met at home after his moon shot home run.

Fast forward nearly seventy-two hours and we were back at it again at the beautiful Sauquoit Valley Youth Baseball complex.

Schoff reached third on a past ball and then scored on a ground ball fielder’s choice to first off the bat of Doxtader, to make it 13-10 after 3 1/2 innings of play.

ball21-121x130Tri-County put on a thunder and lightning show of its own in the home half of the fourth. Another ten batters were sent to the plate, pushing across seven runs.That put an to end this one, by a score of 20-10, under Little League Baseball’s ten run mercy rule. 

Carter Reilly, Ethan Martin, Eckrich and Alex Colte, all had hits in the big fourth inning for Tri-County, who will advance to play New Hartford on Thursday evening at Sauquoit.

Dawson Eckrich picked up the win on the mound for Tri-County (1-0), while Parker Tooley suffered the loss for Little Falls (0-1).

Little Falls will play an elimination game on Saturday at West Utica.

Congratulations to both teams for sticking it out through this baseball marathon.

Tri-County 20 Little Falls 10

Box Score

                    1   2   3   4   5   6      R    H     E

Little Falls     1   4   1   4   x   x     10    7     3

Tri-County     3   7   3   7   x   x      20  14     2