ATHENS — The Athens Minors picked up where they left off in pool play in an 11-1 win over Susquehanna County in District 15 bracket play.
Athens got on the board in the bottom of the first inning, scoring on a Connor Davidson single and an error.
That lead went away in the top of the third inning when Susquehanna County parlayed a hit batsman, a walk and an error into a game-tying run.
Then Athens got busy.
Zach Fisher opened the Athens half of the fourth with a walk and, after an out, Sam Cheresnowsky followed suit. Davidson came through with an RBI single to give Athens a lead it wouldn’t relinquish but the locals weren’t done. After Duncan Thetga accepted a walk — and with Alex McQuay at the plate — Cheresnowsky scored on a wild pitch. McQuay followed that with a two-run single and Athens was up 5-1.
Athens put the game away with three more runs in the home half of the fourth. Kamdyn Wheeler opened the inning by reaching on an error and took second when Davidson drew a one-out walk. Thetga added an RBI single and McQuay joined his teammates on base when he was hit by a pitch. Davidson scored on a passed ball and Thetga scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Cartyr Cockroft.
Athens added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game early, but by then the die had been cast.
That was in large part to the mound efforts of Thetga and Cockroft. Thetga started and failed to allow a hit or a walk in his 2 1/3 innings of work. He did allow the one Susquehanna County run and it was earned, but he also fanned six batters. Cockroft pitched the last 2 2/3 innings, allowing one hit and four walks. He struck out three and didn’t allow a run.
Davidson, Thetga and Wheeler played starring roles in Athens’ offense. Davidson had three singles, three runs and one RBI; Thetga had two singles, two RBIs and two runs; and Wheeler finished with a single, two RBIs and two runs.
McQuay ended the day with a single and two RBIs; Cockroft had an RBI; and Cheresnowsky matched Graham Wanck, Fisher, and Brycen Wood with a run each.
On Tuesday, Athens will play Susquehanna Area at a site to be determined.
Susquehanna Area 19, Sayre 6
SUSQUEHANNA — Susquehanna Area stayed hot, following up a 23-4 win over Susquehanna County in its last game with a big win over Sayre on Sunday.
Susquehanna Area plated 10 runs in the first inning, saw Sayre battle back to make it a 10-5 game in the second inning, and then exploded for nine more runs over the next two innings to end the game in five.
Susquehanna Area pitching limited Sayre to four hits as the team’s batters rapped out 12 hits that included two doubles, a triple and a homer.
Sayre answered Susquehanna Area’s opening burst with three runs in the bottom of the first. Walks to Brendan Cooke and Maison Apgar, set the table. An RBI single by Justin Koenig was followed by an RBI ground out by Brady Flynn and an RBI single by Ty Owen.
Sayre added two more in the second on a two-out walk to Apgar, a hit batsman and a two-run triple by Flynn.
And that was about all she wrote for Sayre as Susquehanna Area poured it on.
Sayre was led at the plate by Koenig with a single, a triple, two RBIs and two runs. Flynn had the triple and three RBIs, and Apgar finished with three runs and no hits.
Cooke, Flynn and Koenig took turns on the mound for Sayre. Flynn, who pitched in the middle of the other two, had the best line with five strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings pitched. He allowed five hits, six walks and seven runs with just four earned. Cooke gave up five hits and three walks for eight runs and Koenig allowed two hits, two walks and four runs with three earned in 1/3 of an inning.
Sayre drops into the elimination bracket and will play Susquehanna County on Tuesday at a site to be determined.