Pennsylvania representative Hollidaysburg Area took the first win of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament Sunday morning as they beat Washington D.C. representative, Northwest Washington Little League, 7-3.
Pennsylvania took a few innings for the team to settle in offensively. Manager Jim McGough said the team got the nerves out before settling in and looking more comfortable at the plate.
“I couldn't be more proud,” McGough said. “We talked about a one team approach and everyone contributed to that win and we needed everyone to step and do what they needed to do. They were there for their teammates even when it was going well those first two innings. They were there picking each other up.”
Pennsylvania began to settle in at bat in the third. Ty McGough got the ball rolling hitting an RBI single to bring home Aspen Anderson for the first run of the game. Chase Link followed that up with his own run-scoring single, bringing home Nathan Phillips for another score.
Braden Hatch not only impacted the game as a pitcher, but he also made an impact at bat. Still in third, Hatch hit a sacrifice-fly to bring home McGough and increase the score to 3-1.
Phillips said he began to see the change in the team’s momentum after his hit in the third inning.
“When I got on base we kept moving up and moving up,” Phillips said. “Everyone was contributing.”
Washington D.C. responded at the bottom of third. With Jude Daniel on third and Grayson Liddle at bat, Liddle hit a single to give Daniel enough time to get home. Aaron Saad also scored for Washington D.C. later in the third bringing the game within one run.
Pennsylvania went back to putting runs on the board later in the fifth and sixth. Jackson Boob hit a double to bring home Link and Phillips in the fifth and Anderson scored on an error from the pitcher pushing the score to 6-2.
Another score by Phillips would secure the win for Pennsylvania despite Washington D.C. scoring another run in the bottom of the sixth.
McGough said today “the confidence was just there.”