Legion roundup: Murrysville to play for Region 7 title
Murrysville struggled offensively during the first three days of the Pennsylvania American Legion Region 7 baseball tournament.
That changed Tuesday.
Murrysville pounded out 21 hits, batted around three times and rolled to an 18-6 seven-inning victory against Mifflin County at Mt. Pleasant. The game was stopped because of the 10-run mercy rule.
The win puts Murrysville, which only scored 14 runs in the first three games, into the title game against Beech Creek, the only team to defeat the Eagles.
Murrysville, the defending Region 7 champion, must defeat Beech Creek twice to advance to the state tournament. The first game is 11 a.m. at Mt. Pleasant.
Winning pitcher Ben Ramey helped his cause by going 4 for 5 and driving in five runs. He hit the first home run of the tournament. Michael Haley also went 4 for 5 with three RBIs.
Murrysville raced to a 10-0 lead after four innings.
Ryan Grieco and Michael Krauza had three hits each.
Beech Creek, which defeated Murrysville, 6-5, on Sunday, rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Latrobe in the other game at Mt. Pleasant.
It was a four-run eighth inning that sparked the win. Kenny Heverly had three hits, including a home run and triple.
Wyatt Koch had three hits for Beech Creek, and Clayton Butler doubled and had four RBIs.
Seth Holler led Latrobe with three hits, including two doubles and three RBIs.
Blackhawk 5, Hopewell 4 — Mark Engel hit a double and had two RBIs, and Dante Parente pitched a strong nine innings to lead Blackhawk in a Region 6 game at Shaler.
Engel’s doubled highlighted a four-run fourth inning.
Shane Martin went 3 for 4, including two doubles, with three RBIs for Hopewell.
Uniontown 4, Shaler 0 — Luke Paull pitched a complete game, allowing four hits with eight strikeouts and no walks as Uniontown won a Region 6 tournament game at Shaler.
Paull also chipped in with a double to go along with extra-base hits by teammates Zach Uhazie and Travis Sankovich. Alex Ficcorilli had three hits for Shaler.
Uniontown broke a scoreless tie with a three-run fourth inning.
Uniontown will play Blackhawk at noon Wednesday at Shaler. The winner faces Hopewell in the title game at 4 p.m. with a trip to the state tournament on the line.