Whitemarsh erased a 3-1 deficit by scoring six two-out runs in the top of the fifth inning then held off Downingtown’s late rally to earn a 7-6 victory in their Pennsylvania American Legion Region 3 Tournament elimination game Sunday afternoon at Ram Stadium.
Robert Markey hit a pair of triples in finishing 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored while Mike Miller went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run as Whitemarsh advances to face Northampton Monday at a time to be determined.
After Whitemarsh took a 7-3 in the top of the fifth, Downingtown cut the margin to 7-5 in the bottom of the inning on Andrew Scott’s two-out, two-RBI double. A John O’Neil RBI sacrifice fly in bottom of the sixth made it 7-6.
In the bottom of the seventh Downingtown put the tying and winning runs on base with no outs after Greyson Kovatch’s leadoff single and Zach Gardner following with a walk. But Jason Kelly retired the next three batters — a pop out to the pitcher then consecutive strikeouts — to extended the GNALBL champs’ season by at least one more day.
Kelly pitched one inning for the save while Angelo Rosley earned the win in relief. Rosley allowed three runs — two earned — on three hits in three innings, struck out one, hit one batter and did not give up a walk. Whitemarsh starting pitcher Gabriel Rosley allowed three runs — two earned — on two hits. He walked four, hit one batter and struck out three.
Downingtown broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. Quinlan Downs put Downingtown ahead with a bases-loaded walk. After a strikeout, an O’Neil RBI single made it 3-1 but Whitemarsh got an out at home on the play to stay within two.
With two outs in the top of the fifth, Quindarius Dye hit an RBI single while Markey’s RBI triple on the next at-bat pulled Whitemarsh even 3-3. After a Kelly walk, Miller singled home Markey for a 4-3 lead. Both Kelly and Miller scored as Daulton Carlisle reached on an error. A Joe Redmond RBI single extended Whitemarsh’s advantage to 7-3.
Whitemarsh took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Markey tripled with one out then scored on Miller’s two-out RBI single. Downingtown knotted things in the third on Ethan O’Loughlin’s RBI sac fly.
Kovatch was 2-for-4 with a double and a run for Downingtown while Scott went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Downingtown starting pitcher Cole Sutton took the loss, allowing seven runs — four earned — on six hits in six innings. He walk three, hit one batter and struck out five.