Whitestown keeps title hopes alive with win


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Whitestown legion baseball team stayed alive in the NY State Tournament at Murnane Field Friday, beating Bramen 12-10 in an elimination game.  The defending state champions took a 6-1 lead in the top of the third, then gave it all up in the bottom half of the inning.

Trailing 1-0, Dan Smith drew a bases loaded walk scoring Brendan Heitz and evening up the score at one.  Connor Passalacqua then grounded into a fielder's choice that brought Ryan Watson home and gave Whitestown the lead.  Dylan Gorski followed with an RBI single scoring Matt Engler to make it 3-1.  Later in the inning, which saw Whitestown send ten batters to the plate, Mike Bunal came up with the bases loaded and clear the bases and make it a 6-1 game.

Bramen took an 8-6 lead in the fourth, but Whitestown got back within one, at 8-7, in the fifth, on an error hit by Heitz, scoring Rob Kelly.

Whitestown tied it in the sixth, on an RBI double by Engler scoring Watson, then took the lead on an RBI single by Passalacqua, scoring Engler.  Passalacqua scored later in the inning, on a blooper hit by Adam Pexton.

With the win, Whitestown stays alive and will face Saratoga, Saturday at 7pm.

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