Jul 03, 2017 | Dan Thompson | 320 views
16U Terriers Advance To Championship
Owen MacNeil worked five innings on the mound, struck out seven JTB Baseball hitters before being relieved by Stephen Phillips who pitched the sixth and seventh in a 6-4 Terriers victory. Phillips struck out four.
The Terriers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the third when Christian Bottero and Ayden Cooke reached on a walk and a hit by pitch. Both were advanced a base by an excellent sac bunt by Michael Stremlaw.
After a pass ball for the first run, Cooke scored on an RBI sacrifice fly by Matt Ward.
JTB tied the game in the fourth, but the Terriers rebounded immediately in their half of the inning with three runs.
Connor O'Halloran came up with the big hit, a two RBI double down the right field line, scoring Brayden Heleno nd Jack Iannuzzi.
O'Halloran eventually crossed on a first and third double steal to make it 5-2.
JTB got it to 5-4 in the sixth but O'Halloran recorded his third RBI of the game with a screaming double to the gap, scoring Heleno, making the final 6-4.
The championship game goes 1:30pm on the 4th of July at Eastern Michigan University Stadium, following the 17U Terriers' championship game.