LITTLE LEAGUE: TOWANDA FALLS IN WALK-OFF LOSS TO ATHENS
(2022-07-08)Northern Tier Sports Report
ATHENS — It was a game for the ages, but, unfortunately for Towanda, it’s one that they came out on the wrong end of. The Majors all-star baseball team lost to Athens 8-7 in a walk-off during the championship bracket finale on Friday.
They’ll now host Wellsboro on Sunday at 4 p.m. for a chance to rematch with Athens, and claim a district title. If they beat Wellsboro they’ll need to beat Athens twice to claim the district banner.
Athens got the early jump, but every time they did, Towanda answered. Athens went up 4-0 in the bottom of the second, but Towanda came back and scored four runs in the top of the third.
Athens rallied with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, but Towanda struck back, with two runs in the top of the fourth.
Towanda would take a 7-6 lead with a run in the top of the fifth, and that held until the bottom of the sixth, when Athens scored two runs to get the win.
Shane Maghamez had two hits, with a double, a run scored, and 2-RBI for Towanda, while Harper Welles had two hits, a run scored, and an RBI.
Boom Thompson had a hit with two runs, while Hagen Jones scored a run, and knocked in three. Josh Maye had a hit with an RBI, as Blayke Spencer scored twice.
Jones got the start, going 2 2/3-innings with two strikeouts, with Brad Assante-Dicupillo going the final 2 1/3-innings with two strikeouts.
Finding themselves down 4-0 Towanda got a good start as Spencer led off the third, and reached on a hit by pitch. He would later score on an error off the bat of Jones to cut it to 4-1.
Maghamez then made it 4-3 with a hit that scored Thompson and Jones. After two outs Welles had the big hit, bringing in Maghamez to knot the game up at 4-all.
After Athens retook the lead, Towanda took advantage of a few Athens fielding miscues in the fourth to get two runners on. Jones then brought in Spencer off an error, followed by Thompson scoring on a Maghamez double to make it 6-6.
Towanda would take the lead in the fifth as Welles led off by reaching, then scored on a Maye bunt single.
They wouldn’t be able to add to the lead, though, and in the bottom of the sixth Athens reached on back to back singles, with both being driven in on a Ryan Hicks double for the win.
Along with their strong offensive play, the middle infield of Maghamez (second base) and Thompson (shortstop) made some strong defensive plays, including Thompson turning a 1-6-3 double play.
PHOTOS BY CHRIS MANNING
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