A dominating season came to an end with the same result as last year for Tyrone Legion.
Tyrone Legion completed a 7-0 playoff campaign as they repeated as Kelley Federation League champions with a 12-2 win in five innings over Park Home on Wednesday evening at Vet’s Field.
For the whole season, Tyrone Legion finished with a 21-4 record. Park Home finished at 13-14 after going 9-9 in the regular season. Park Home played in nine games in the last 10 days of the season.
“They had the confidence this year, but it was tough getting over the initial hump,” said Tyrone Legion manager Kevin Soellner.
“(Park Home’s) hitting had us a little worried. They don’t overswing. They just hit it and try to put it in play and not do too much with it.
“I knew that they didn’t quite have enough arms left after all the games they had played.”
Tyrone Legion starting pitcher Ross Gampe allowed a run in the top of the second, but the Tyrone offense picked him up with a 7-run bottom of the second to put a big downpayment on a win.
Tyrone had eight hits in the frame, all of them charged to Park Home starter Hunter Friedenberger. Ethan Clouser came on to get the final out.
Kevin Lehner started the frame with a triple before Rodney Shultz singled him in to tie the game. Michael Buck, Bryce Hunter, and David Lang all had RBI singles in the inning, while Brandon Lucas smashed a two-run double that chased Friedenberger and gave Tyrone a 7-1 lead.
Tyrone got four more runs in the bottom of the third, with the highlight coming off the bat of Brendan Grazier. Grazier sent a first-pitch fastball over the right field fence for a two-run homer.
“It was a down and in pitch, and I was just trying to put the ball in play,” said Grazier. “It went over the fence.
“We just kept putting the ball in play. Once we got adjusted to the pitching, we were putting it in play.”
Park Home extended the game for another half-inning with a run in the top of the fifth, but Tyrone got the game done early by getting that run back in the bottom of the fifth.
Michael Buck and Michael Stoner singled to start the inning. With runners at the corners, Jesse Yingling grounded the ball to short. The throw home was late for the game-winning run.
Once again, Tyrone did not commit an error in the game.
Gampe earned the win after going three innings and allowing an earned run on three hits. He walked one and struck out two. Shultz and Lang also worked an inning each.
“We did hit this season, but it’s always about pitching and defense,” said Soellner. “That’s always our biggest thing.”
Tyrone Legion will return a big portion of its roster next season.
Tyrone Legion 6, Park Home 5, 8 innings
The Tyrone Legion Federation League baseball team moved to within a game of defending their league championship with a 6-5 win in eight innings over Park Home in Game 2 of the best-of-5 championship series on Tuesday evening at Vet’s Field.
Tyrone Legion took a 2-0 lead in the series after shutting out Park Home, 8-0, in Game 1.
Andrew Pearson went 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs batted in to lead the Tyrone offense. Rodney Shultz and Brendan Grazier both had two hits and drove in two runs. Kevin Lehner and Bryce Hunter both had a double.
Aiden Coleman earned the win on the mound as he tossed four shutout innings in relief. He allowed three hits and walked one, while striking out four.
Nic Light pitched the first four innings and allowed four earned runs on six hits.
Game 3Tyrone Legion 12, Park Home 2, 5 inningsPark Home — 2 DeRubeis c 3120, Leonard dh 2000, Molina lf-3b 1011, Clouser p 0000, Turiano ss 3000, B. Baney 1b 0100, Carothers 3b-p 1000, Friedenberger p-lf 2000, Igoe 2b 2011, Hoover cf 2000, Savoy rf 1010, J. Baney rf 1000. Totals: 18-2-5-2.
Tyrone Legion — 12 Hunter cf 3111, LeGars cf 0000, Lang 2b-ss-p 3122, Lucas eh 3012, R. Light 2b 0000, K. Lehner rf 2110, Vipond rf 1000, Shultz ss-p 2121, Pearson ph 1010, Gampe p 2100, Bonsell 2b-ss 1000, Grazier 1b 2222, N. Light 1b 1000, M. Buck c 2121, Brooks c 1110, N. Lehner 3b 2210, Stoner 3b 1010, Hoover lf 2110, Yingling lf 1001. Totals: 30-12-16-10.
Score by Innings Park Home 010 01 — 2 5 2 Tyrone Legion 074 01 — 12 16 0 Errors: DeRubeis, Igoe. LOB: Park Home 4, Tyrone Legion 6. 2B: Molina; Lang, Lucas, Pearson. 3B: DeRubeis; K. Lehner. HR: Grazier (1 on, 3rd inning). SB: Grazier. CS: Savoy (by M. Buck), Friedenberger (by Brooks).
PitchingPark Home: Friedenberger — 1 2/3 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO; Clouser — 2 1/3
IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO; Carothers — 0+ IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO. Tyrone Legion: Gampe — 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO; Shultz — 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO; Lang — 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO. Winning pitcher: Gampe. Losing pitcher: Friedenberger.
Game 2Tyrone Legion 6, Park Home 5, 8 inningsTyrone Legion — 6 Pearson 4032, Hoover 1100, Hunter 3020, Lucas 4100, K. Lehner 2210, Shultz 5022, Grazier 4022, Yingling 0100, Brooks 5020, Stoner 2000, Vipond 1000, Buck 2000, Lang 4110, N. Light 0000, Coleman 0000. Totals: 37-6-13-6.
Park Home — 5 DeRubeis 3210, Leonard 2011, Clouser 1000, Turiano 4130, Baney 3011, Carothers 3011, Friedenberger 4010, Igoe 3000, Hoover 3100, Savoy 3110. Totals: 29-5-9-3.
Score by Innings Tyrone Legion 300 000 21 — 6 13 2 Park Home 200 030 00 — 5 9 2 LOB: Tyrone Legion 14, Park Home 4. 2B: K. Lehner, Hunter. 3B: Pearson. Sac: Carothers, Leonard. SB: Shultz; Turiano 2. CS: Pearson; Turiano. HBP: Lucas (by Hoover).
Pitching Tyrone Legion: N. Light — 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO; Coleman — 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO. Park Home: Hoover — 7 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 SO; Turiano — 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO. Winning pitcher: Coleman. Losing pitcher: Turiano.