LOWER MILFORD — It was already a great day for Connor English. But in the bottom of the eighth inning, he found a way to make it even better.

With the bases loaded and his Upper Moreland side trailing Harleysville by a run, English came through with a single to center field, scoring a pair of runs to deliver UM a 12-11 walk-off victory in the Pennsylvania State Connie Mack Tournament Tuesday at Limeport Stadium.

“I thought it wasn’t going to drop,” English said. “But then I seen it dropped and then my teammate run home and the overthrow to move on so I got super happy. Best moment.”

On a hot day that saw featured a pair of sizzling offenses — the Bux-Mont squads combined for 27 hits — English’s bat was the most blistering. He finished 4-for-5 with six RBIs, a two-run home run in the fourth and a two doubles as Upper Moreland erased a four-run deficit to force extra innings then answered after Harleysville to an 11-10 lead in the top of the eighth.

Even English’s lone at-bat that did not produce a hit was productive, as his grounder in the sixth resulted in an error that allowed two runs to score, tying the game 10-10. He also earned the win, pitching the final four innings.

“I was super confident,” English said. “I was feeling it today.”

Nick Lombardo was 4-for-5 with a double and three runs scored, Josh Henderson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored as Upper Moreland advances to the winners’ bracket final to face Central Perk 7:30 p.m. Thursday back at Limeport. Central Perk topped Deep Run 5-2 in Tuesday’s second game.

“Both teams, you got to give them a lot of credit,” UM coach Ken Irwin said. “It was a great game but it had some bad moments, there were was some bad baseball with good baseball. Lot of great swings, though, lot of great swings for both teams.”

Owen Warner hit a two-run home run in the top of the first and went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored for Harleysville, which looks to keep alive its bid for a first state title since 2015 5 p.m. Wednesday when it faces Moore Township in an elimination game

“Harleysville’s never done it through the winners’ bracket, so,” said Harleysville coach Brian Radcliff with a laugh. “We’ll see what happens now. Now we’re going to play baseball.”

Ryan Kagarise was 4-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI while Jake Ukropec went 2-for-3 with three runs scored for Harleysville, which led for most of the contest after posting three runs in the top of the first. Upper Moreland plated four runs in the bottom of the second to go up 5-4 but Harleysville scored three times in both the third and fourth frames for a 10-6 advantage.

“That’s baseball,” Radcliff said. “We’ve seen a lot of that this week here at the state tournament. Last night there was a couple good games and come-from-behind wins last night that were pretty amazing. When you’re up one it doesn’t take much. Played their hearts out, that’s all I can say and that’s a very good Upper Moreland team.”

In the top of the eighth, Kagarise led off with a single up the middle then stole second. Kagarise advanced to third on Ethan Smerecki’s fly out to center with an errant throw to third going out of play, allowing Kagarise to score for an 11-10 Harleysville edge.

Ukropec was hit by a pitch while error after a Warner single put runners on second and third. English, however, kept it a one-run game by striking out the next batter.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Owen Lynch drew a walk while consecutive singles by Henderson and Lombardo loaded the bases for English. Facing a 2-2 count, English fouled off three straight pitches before lining a single to center, bringing home both pinch runner Kristian Valeriano and Henderson for the walk-off win.

“As soon as Josh Henderson got up and got a hit and you always feel comfortable and confident with Nick Lombardo, top of the order coming up because the order can hit, as you saw,” Irwin said. “Getting the top of the order up, I think that’s gets them going too plus Josh Henderson is the fastest kid on our team so that helps as well.”

English pulled Upper Moreland to within 10-8 in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run home run to right field.

“When I hit that home run, I knew I was going to do something special today,” English said.

Upper Moreland knotted things 10-10 with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and a Henderson on second, Lombardo kept the inning alive with a single. After a Lombardo steal of second put runners on second and third, an error on English’s grounder to right side of the infield brought in both Henderson and Lombardo.

English earned the win, giving up one earned run on five hits in four innings. He hit one batter, struck out three and did not have a walk.

Jack Towsen took the loss for Harleysville, allowing four runs — two earned — on five hits in 3 1/3 innings. He walked one, hit one batter and struck out three.

Harleysville jumped out to a 3-0 in the top of the first on a Smerecki RBI single and Warner’s two-run home run. In the bottom of the first an English RBI double in the bottom of the first made it 3-1 before Kagarise’s RBI single in the top of the second had Harleysville back up three.

“That’s what I expected, we’ve been hitting pretty well lately,” Radcliff said. “We live another day yet, we’re not dead yet so we hope our hitting carry on and carry through with pitching from here on out.”

Upper Moreland grabbed a 5-4 lead with a four-spot in the bottom of the second. After a Henderson RBI groundout, Lynch scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-3. Lombardo, English and Kevin Davis followed with three consecutive doubles — the last two from English and Davis driving in runs to give UM the one-run edge.

Harleysville, however, regained the advantage with three runs in the top of the third on Liam McGillian’s bases-loaded walk, a Joe Fresta RBI fielder’s choice and an RBI double by Towsen.

Jack Huddy’s RBI single had UM within 7-6 in the bottom of the third but Harleysville added three more runs in the top of the fourth. With the bases loaded and one out, Warner singled down the third-base line to drive in a pair of runs. An error on McGillian’s fielder’s choice allowed Ukropec to score for a 10-6 lead.

LOWER MILFORD — It was already a great day for Connor English. But in the bottom of the eighth inning, he found a way to make it even better.

With the bases loaded and his Upper Moreland side trailing Harleysville by a run, English came through with a single to center field, scoring a pair of runs to deliver UM a 12-11 walk-off victory in the Pennsylvania State Connie Mack Tournament Tuesday at Limeport Stadium.

“I thought it wasn’t going to drop,” English said. “But then I seen it dropped and then my teammate run home and the overthrow to move on so I got super happy. Best moment.”

On a hot day that saw featured a pair of sizzling offenses — the Bux-Mont squads combined for 27 hits — English’s bat was the most blistering. He finished 4-for-5 with six RBIs, a two-run home run in the fourth and a two doubles as Upper Moreland erased a four-run deficit to force extra innings then answered after Harleysville to an 11-10 lead in the top of the eighth.

English’s lone at-bat that did not produce a hit was also productive, as his grounder in the sixth resulted in an error that allowed two runs to score, tying the game 10-10. He also earned the win, pitching the final four innings.

“I was super confident,” English said. “I was feeling it today.”

Nick Lombardo was 4-for-5 with a double and three runs scored, Josh Henderson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored as Upper Moreland advances to the winners’ bracket final to face Central Perk 7:30 p.m. Thursday back at Limeport. Central Perk topped Deep Run 5-2 in Tuesday’s second game.

“Both teams, you got to give them a lot of credit,” UM coach Ken Irwin said. “It was a great game but it had some bad moments, there were was some bad baseball with good baseball. Lot of great swings, though, lot of great swings for both teams.”

Owen Warner hit a two-run home run in the top of the first and went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored for Harleysville, which looks to keep alive its bid for a first state title since 2015 5 p.m. Wednesday when it faces Moore Township in an elimination game

“Harleysville’s never done it through the winners’ bracket, so,” said Harleysville coach Brian Radcliff with a laugh. “We’ll see what happens now. Now we’re going to play baseball.”

Ryan Kagarise was 4-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI while Jake Ukropec went 2-for-3 with three runs scored for Harleysville, which led for most of the contest after posting three runs in the top of the first. Upper Moreland plated four runs in the bottom of the second to go up 5-4 but Harleysville scored three times in both the third and fourth frames for a 10-6 advantage.

“That’s baseball,” Radcliff said. “We’ve seen a lot of that this week here at the state tournament. Last night there was a couple good games and come-from-behind wins last night that were pretty amazing. When you’re up one it doesn’t take much. Played their hearts out, that’s all I can say and that’s a very good Upper Moreland team.”

In the top of the eighth, Kagarise led off with a single up the middle then stole second. Kagarise advanced to third on Ethan Smerecki’s fly out to center with an errant throw to third going out of play, allowing Kagarise to score for an 11-10 Harleysville edge.

Ukropec was hit by a pitch while error after a Warner single put runners on second and third. English, however, kept it a one-run game by striking out the next batter.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Owen Lynch drew a walk while consecutive singles by Henderson and Lombardo loaded the bases for English. Facing a 2-2 count, English fouled off three straight pitches before lining a single to center, bringing home both pinch runner Kristian Valeriano and Henderson for the walk-off win.

“As soon as Josh Henderson got up and got a hit and you always feel comfortable and confident with Nick Lombardo, top of the order coming up because the order can hit, as you saw,” Irwin said. “Getting the top of the order up, I think that’s gets them going too plus Josh Henderson is the fastest kid on our team so that helps as well.”

English pulled Upper Moreland to within 10-8 in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run home run to right field.

“When I hit that home run, I knew I was going to do something special today,” English said.

Upper Moreland knotted things 10-10 with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and a Henderson on second, Lombardo kept the inning alive with a single. After a Lombardo steal of second put runners on second and third, an error on English’s grounder to right side of the infield brought in both Henderson and Lombardo.

English earned the win, giving up one earned run on five hits in four innings. He hit one batter, struck out three and did not have a walk.

Jack Towsen took the loss for Harleysville, allowing four runs — two earned — on five hits in 3 1/3 innings. He walked one, hit one batter and struck out three.

Harleysville jumped out to a 3-0 in the top of the first on a Smerecki RBI single and Warner’s two-run home run. In the bottom of the first an English RBI double in the bottom of the first made it 3-1 before Kagarise’s RBI single in the top of the second had Harleysville back up three.

“That’s what I expected, we’ve been hitting pretty well lately,” Radcliff said. “We live another day yet, we’re not dead yet so we hope our hitting carry on and carry through with pitching from here on out.”

Upper Moreland grabbed a 5-4 lead with a four-spot in the bottom of the second. After a Henderson RBI groundout, Lynch scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-3. Lombardo, English and Kevin Davis followed with three consecutive doubles — the last two from English and Davis driving in runs to give UM the one-run edge.

Harleysville, however, regained the advantage with three runs in the top of the third on Liam McGillian’s bases-loaded walk, a Joe Fresta RBI fielder’s choice and an RBI double by Towsen.

Jack Huddy’s RBI single had UM within 7-6 in the bottom of the third but Harleysville added three more runs in the top of the fourth. With the bases loaded and one out, Warner singled down the third-base line to drive in a pair of runs. An error on McGillian’s fielder’s choice allowed Ukropec to score for a 10-6 lead.

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