It took some time for Tamaqua's batting order to adjust to the pitching of host Towamensing Township, but once it did, the offensive firepower of the visitors ignited and lit up the scoreboard, on their way to a 11-1, four-inning win in the District 18 11-12 Little League Tournament.
Starting pitcher Mikey Stasko worked the Tamaqua batters early on and helped keep his team in contention. However, with two outs in the bottom of the third, the rally began for the winners, and eventually led to the onslaught. The winners scored two runs in that frame and then reeled off eight in the bottom of the fourth to seal the win.
"Their pitcher (Stasko) had a funky kind of wind-up," Tamaqua head coach Ed Titus mentioned afterwards. "It took some time to get used to it for our guys, I think."
With the game tied, heading into the bottom of the third, Stasko got two outs early on, but couldn't find that third and final out, as the Tamaqua bats came alive.
Eddie Titus drew a walk to begin the rally and was followed by Tanner Hamm reaching on an error. Daylon Barron came up big with two-RBI single to provide the winners with the insurmountable lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, the streak continued, as Mitch Miller led off with a solo home run, expanding the lead to 4-1 with no outs. A double by Ethan Kuczynski ensued and a single by Bernie Gigli followed that.
That's when Teague Schmidt came up with a two-RBI double and a two-run homer by Titus ballooned the lead to 8-1, still with no outs. Three straight singles by Barron, Austin Zwolenik and Trevor Schilling, coupled with two Towamensing errors eventually put the game out of reach and that's where it ended, as the ten-run rule was put into effect.
Even though Towamensing played literal host to Tamaqua, a coin flip at the beginning of the contest proved to determine the 'home team' brand to the winners.
With the loss for Towamensing being their second of this tournament, it puts an end to the season for the locals. However, there is still a tournament at Panther Valley for the teams to look forward to.
Towamensing head coach Brian Taschler commented afterwards, "I thought our twelve-year olds did a great job for us, with this being their last effort. But we still have the Panther Valley tournament to look forward to and our guys will be up and ready for that."
"I think in our opening round game, we were a little tense," Titus mentioned. "We were playing not to lose, rather than playing to win. Tonight, I think we relaxed and are beginning to learn to have some fun out there."
Titus' team will next move on to play White Haven/Bear Creek on Saturday.
Leading Towamensing offensively, Jake Taschler had a double, while his teammates compiled three other hits.
For Tamaqua, Daylon Barron had two hits and two RBIs, Ethan Kuczynski had two hits, Austin Zwolenik had two hits, as well, and Teague Schmidt had a double with two RBIs. Mitch Miller's solo home run and Eddie Titus' two-run homer were also noteworthy.
Towamensing 010 0 1 4 4
Tamaqua 102 8 11 11 1
Stasko, Tobia (4) and Baez; Titus, Schmidt (3) and Hamm. WP - Titus; LP - Stasko. HR: T - Miller (4th, none on), Titus (4th, one on).