Top Seed Whitestown Survives Scare, Eliminates Adrean

Brian Sandler has the highlights

By Sports WKTV

It wasn't pretty, but for Whitestown, it was a win. The top seed in the Oneida County Legion playoffs overcame four errors with a pair of two-out, four-run rallies, then held on in the 7th inning to beat No. 3 Adrean 8-6 in an elimination game at DeLutis Field.

Leading 2-0 in the third inning, Adrean doubled its lead when Whitestown catcher Andy Starczewski let a pitch get away with the bases loaded. After Jason Simone scored to make it 3-0, pitcher Zach Swider stopped paying attention, and Joe Barry came around to score from second, making it 4-0.

But Whitestown wasted no time coming back. In the bottom of the third, George Hajjar hit a two-out RBI single to make it 4-1, then Starczewski pulled a three-run home run to left, tying the game 4-4.

In the fifth inning, Starczewski gave Whitestown its first lead of the game with a two-out RBI single, then Mike Nassar hit a two-run triple and Tyler Beck added another RBI single to make it 8-4.

Swider seemed to be in control from there, but in the 7th inning, it nearly fell apart. After a single, an infield single, a groundout, and a walk to load the bases, Craig Warncke hits another infield single, cutting the score to 8-5. Starczewski then moved to the mound to relieve Swider, and struck out the first batter he faced for the second out. But a wild pitch made it 8-6 and put runners on second and third, and a walk put the go-ahead run on first for A.J. Bates. Bates hit a grounder back up the middle, but second baseman Conner Flisnik grabbed it just before it snuck into the outfield, and got Bates by a step at first to end the game and eliminate Adrean from the playoffs.

Whitestown, now 3-1 in the double-elimination tournament, will next face New Hartford (2-1), which blew a 9-4 lead and lost to Smith (3-0) in the second game 10-9, Sunday at 1:00 at DeLutis Field. The winner of that game will play Smith in the final at 4:30. If Smith wins that game, Smith is the county champion; if Smith loses, the same teams will play again Monday for the title.

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