BRISTOL - In what has thus far been a wild week in both the Mid-Atlantic and New England Regional Tournaments, Maine’s nine-hole hitter Dylan Blue provided the latest fireworks on Tuesday afternoon at Breen Field.
Trailing Vermont 4-3 and down to his team’s final out, the right-handed hitting Blue ripped a 2-1 pitch to the left-center gap for a two-run walk-off double, keeping Maine alive in the New England Regional with a 5-4 victory that eliminated Vermont.
After a big three-run inning Sunday night helped Vermont rally to a victory over Connecticut, the club got hit with the same fate against Maine.
Maine (1-1) led 2-1 headed to the top of the sixth inning when Vermont (1-2) rallied with three runs on an RBI single by Jacob Putnam and a two-out, two-run single from Ryan Walker.
That’s when Maine scratched away with a two-out rally. After Joseph Dube led off with a line-drive double, two ground outs preceded Spencer Chartier’s RBI line-drive single to right field, and Blue came through with his heroic clutch moment to advance his team to another elimination game at 4 p.m. Wednesday against either Connecticut or Massachusetts.
Maine lost its first game of the New England Regional on Sunday to Massachusetts by a score of 6-0.
Pennsylvania 7, Delaware 0: Pennsylvania was handcuffed by Delaware starting pitcher Cameron Kelley through three innings, totaling just one baserunner on a second-inning walk.
After recording two outs in the fourth, however, Pennsylvania got its first hit on an Aaron Angelo single, and after that the floodgates opened.
Four straight singles were followed by three walks and a hit batsman, leading to a six-run inning to put plenty of distance between itself and Delaware.
Pennsylvania (1-1) stayed alive as Steel Bayer gave his club a 2-0 lead on a single, and JJ Gossard followed with a two-run single of his own, which followed Logan Collette reaching on an infield single after a manager’s challenge overturned an out call on a bang-bang play at first base.
Ryan Seibert was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Chase Deibler drew a walk for the 6-0 lead.
Delaware (0-2) was eliminated as Pennsylvania starter Diebler (one hit allowed and six strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings) and relievers Jon Erdossy (one hit allowed in two innings) and Steel Bayer (who struck out the game’s final hitter) combined on a two-hitter to put Pennsylvania into a 1 p.m. game Wednesday against New Jersey.