Lower Macungie Youth Legion Regional Tournament
July 16-19, 2021
Church Lane Park, Trexlertown
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QUALIFIERS - Record (League)
Spring City - 17-4 (Twin Valley #1)
Mountain Post 781 - 9-5 (Wyoming Valley)
Newtown Tropics - 8-11-1 (Bucks #2)
Conestoga - 14-4 (Chester #1)
Carbondale/Lakeland (District 11)
Lower Macungie - 16-7 (host)
Spring City uses five-run seventh to win Lower Macungie regional defeating the hosts 9-5
RECAP -- It was a match-up of two unbeatens playing for the Lower Macungie Youth Regional championship as Spring City battled the hosts on Monday morning at Church Lane Park in Trexlertown and only one remained that way as the champions from the Twin Valley League defeated the champs from the Berks County League 9-5 in a crazy back-and-forth game carried Live on The Eastern Pa. Sports Network.
Spring City used a five-run inning in their final at-bat to overcome a one-run deficit and stun Lower Mac and finished the tournament as the lone unbeaten with a 4-0 mark. With the victory, Spring City improved to 21-4 on the season after winning for the 20th time in their last 21 games and advanced to Berwick, site of this year's Pennsylvania Youth Regional State Tournament which will get underway on Saturday.
Lower Mac, which was hosting a regional for the first time ever, saw its season come to an end at 19-8. The Rangers were looking to get back to the state tournament for the second time in three years as they qualified back in 2019 after capturing the Oley/Topton Regional and advancing to Homer City in Indiana County.
Right fielder Evan Strzeminski had a big day at the plate for the winners' going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and for efforts he was named the Jersey Mike's Subs Player of the Game. Teammate pitcher Nicholas Conforti was outstanding in relief of starter Matt Zollers as he went four strong innings, allowing just one run on one hit while striking out three in earning the win and he also went 2-for-2 at the plate. Outfielder Brett Wescott also had two hits and scored a pair of runs off the bench as Spring City used a few key hits and took advantage of two costly errors by Lower Mac to rally for the victory.
Lower Mac managed just four hits in the loss. Left fielder TJ Geist was on base in three of his four plate appearances and went 1-for-2 at the plate with a pair of walks, right fielder Anthony McWhinney went 1-for-3 with an RBI, second baseman Daniel Rohlsen was 1-for-2 with a run scored and first baseman Ethan Hosak also had a hit and an RBI. Ryan Latchford suffered the loss on the mound in relief of Zach Helller and starter Ben Yartymyk.
The Rangers finished the tournament as the runner-up going 3-1. Mountain Post 781 from the Crestwood/Mountain Top area went 3-2, followed by Carbondale/Lakeland (Scranton) 2-3 and Conestoga and Newtown both went winless at 0-3.
To catch a full replay of the championship game, including post-game interviews with Strzeminski and head coach Charles Deluzio click here:
Spring City - 000 301 5 - 9-11-1
Lower Mac - 003 200 0 - 5-4-3
SC - Matt Zollers, Nick Conforti (4) and Luke Caccavo, Aidan Kalish
LM - Ben Yartymyk, Zach Heller (6), Ryan Latchford (7) and Michael Kernechel.
WP - Conforti
LP - Latchford