BROOKVILLE — Punxsutawney Little League took home the 9-and-10 year old bracket championship Saturday at the Craig Lewis Memorial Tournament. It beat Elk County Tool and Die I from St. Marys, 14-4 in four innings, to win the title.
Punxsy's eight-run second inning led it to the victory. Punxsy totaled 14 runs on 18 hits throughout the game.
"That second inning was one of the best innings we've seen all year," Punxsy manager Mark Ewing said. "The boys really came to life with the bats."
Punxsy's offense was highlighted by Derek Huey, who went 4-for-4, scoring twice. He had four doubles and four RBIs.
Punxsutawney's offense began slowly, struggling through the first and only getting one hit, but it took off during the bottom of the second.
Huey led off the inning with a double, and Dylan Ishman drove Huey home on a double of his own. Andrew Britton then singled, and Connor Giavedoni tripled to score Ishman and Britton. Giavedoni crossed home plate after a double hit by Willie Hoover.
Austin Ewing kept the offense going, singling and scoring Hoover. Isaac Stouffer then walked before Logan Johnston hit an RBI single to drive in Ewing.
During Huey's second time at bat during the second, he hit another double — this time driving home Stouffer and Johnston. Huey scored once more before the end of the inning when Giavedoni singled to drive him in.
By the end of the second, Punxsy was lead 9-0.
At the top of the third, St. Marys began to get its hitting going, scoring two runs. Brandon Secari led off, hitting a triple, and Jarrod Groll scored Secari with a single. A sacrifice groundout by Alex Fedus scored Groll before the inning ended.
Punxsy added another run during the third, as Huey double, scoring Stouffer.
Another two runs for St. Marys were recorded during the fourth inning with Brayden Wildfire and Secari each getting an RBI.
During Punxsy's final at bat, the Little Leaguers scored five runs on five hits. Willie Hoover hit a two-RBI double that scored Daren Byers and Cameron Smith. Logan Johnston also hit an RBI-double, which scored Ethan Blose who was walked during his only at-bat.
Finally, Huey had his fourth hit — a walk-off RBI double that scored Johnston and secured the victory for his team.
"We really hung in there all weekend long, with the heat and everything," manager Ewing said. "Everyone contributed in some way or another. ... Our boys really focused on what we needed to accomplish and got the job done."