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Punxsy Bombers finish Skittlez in four, win tournament, 21-7

July 18, 2011

The Punxsutawney Bombers reigned supreme at the Craig Lewis Memorial Tournament, winning the 11-and-12 year old bracket Saturday in Brookville. Pictured are (front row, from left): Josh Smith, Michael Greenblatt, Lucas Burkett, Patrick Fedigan, Nick Constant, Lucas Ambler; (second row) Joey DiPietro, Matt Blose, Tanner Zimmerman, Dylan Huey, Peyton Graham, Ethan Riley; (third row) coaches Jason Greenblatt, Tim Zimmerman and Mark Graham. (Photo by Lizi Arbogast/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BROOKVILLE — The Punxsutawney Bombers went into Saturday's Craig Lewis Memorial Tournament 11-and-12 championship game undefeated, meaning they needed just one victory over Brookville's Team Skittlez to secure the trophy.

It took only four innings to finish off Team Skittlez, 21-7, before the Bombers swarmed the field in celebration.

Dylan Huey led Punxsy's offense, going 3-for-5 at bat, scoring twice and recording three RBIs. He hit two doubles and a single.

It became clear after the first inning that Team Skittlez was going to struggle as Punxsy notched eight runs during the top of the stanza.

Peyton Graham was the first to cross home plate after Huey hit a grounder up the middle. Ethan Riley also scored on a hit by Joey DiPietro. Huey was then driven home by a fielder's choice grounder by Lucas Burkett.

Matt Blose had two RBIs during the first inning, scoring Michael Greenblatt and Patrick Fedigan. Fedigan and Blox both scored off an error by Brookville's catcher before the inning ended.

Brookville was unable to add any runs during the first inning as Punxsy's starting pitcher Riley retired the first three batters.

Team Skittlez had a strong defensive second inning, not giving up any runs. Pitcher Ben Reitz struck out two batters in the inning.

But Brookville's offense did not support its defense, having another three batters retired in a row during the bottom of the second.

Punxsy couldn't score again during the third, but the inning was highlighted by Huey's first double of the night.

Brookville dented the deficit a bit as it scored four runs during the third.

Keelan Kunselman had a two-RBI double to center to star for Brookville's offense.

Punxsy then got its bats going again, scoring third runs during its final at-bat. Greenblatt and Fedigan each had an RBI near the beginning of the inning.

Huey hit his second double, scoring Blose and Graham. Tanner Zimmerman also had two RBIs during the inning, scoring Riley and Huey.

DiPietro, Zimmerman, Burkett and Greenblatt also scored twice during the inning. By the middle of the fourth, the Punxsy Bombers led 21-4.

Brookville needed at least eight to keep the game from ended in four innings, but it was only able to score three, and the game ended in a Punxsy victory, 21-7.

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