SAYRE — Homestanding Sayre put 10 runs on the board in the first two innings of its District 15 Minors Elimination Bracket contest against Susquehanna County and never looked back in posting a 12-2 win Tuesday night.
Sayre’s three-run first-inning outburst was keyed by singles from Braden Cooke, Justin Koenig and Brady Flynn who scored the three runs.
The second inning was big for Sayre, which sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs. Blake Zingeser got the ball rolling with a single. Walks to Tucker Green, Cooke, and an RBI walk to Maison Apgar set the table for for Koenig, who laced a two-run single. Walks to Flynn, Cameron Ross and Ty Owen set the table for Zingeser, who rounded out the scoring with another two-run single.
Nolan Hollister singled and scored for Susquehanna County, but that still left the visitors down nine runs.
Susquehanna County crawled a little closer when Ethan Smith singled and scored on an RBI single by Keaton Kildare in the third inning, but was still in an eight-run hole.
Needing just two runs and three outs to end the game, Sayre got them in the fourth. Chase Wheeler was hit by a pitch to start the inning. That was followed by another RBI single by Zingeser and an RBI double by Tanner Henry.
Susquehanna County had two runners reach base in the bottom of the fourth, but Sayre slammed the door shut to get the win.
Sayre was led by Zingeser, who had three singles, three RBIs and two runs, and Koenig had three singles, two runs and two RBIs. Flynn had two singles and two runs; Cooke had two singles and a run; Henry had a double and an RBI; Apgar had one RBI; and three players — Ross, Wheeler and Green — had a run each.
For Susquehanna County, Smith and Hollister had a single and a run each, and Kildare had a single and an RBI.
Sayre will play Wellsboro on Friday at a site to be determined.