BROCKWAY — After two rain delays that lasted a little over a half hour in total, the Brookville Little League team defeated Brockway, 16-10, on Monday evening.
The first rain delay, which came in the top of the second inning, lasted only a few minutes, but the second one came only about 10 minutes later and lasted about a half hour.
Brookville used a 10-run second inning to give themselves a nice down payment on the win, which gave them an 11-0 lead going into the bottom of the second inning before the second rain delay.
With the win, Brookville will now visit DuBois on Wednesday evening in a winners’ bracket semifinal. DuBois defeated Punxsutawney, 5-3, on Monday.
For Brockway, the loss drops them down into the losers’ bracket, where they will travel to Punxsutawney on Wednesday evening.
Both teams used four pitchers in the game, with Brayden Kunselman being the most effective for Brookville. Kunselman, who earned the win, allowed two earned runs on five hits in four innings of work. He walked five and struck out three.
Brookville got a run to open the top of the first as Jamison Rhoades walked on the second batter of the game. With two outs, Carson Weaver doubled into left field, with Weaver coming around all the way from first base.
Brookville starting pitcher Hunter Greeley only worked the first inning on the mound. He gave up a pair of two-out walks in the inning, but also struck out a pair to end the inning without any damage.
Brookville’s offense came alive in the top of the second as they pounded out eight hits in their 10-run outburst. Rhoades, Hunter Roney, Kunselman and Greeley all had RBI singles in the inning, while Noah Shaffer blasted a triple that dropped just inside the right field line that scored a run.
Brockway also started a comeback of its own in the bottom of the second inning after the rain delay as they scored six runs and needed just one hit to do it on a Jeremy Swanson single.
Brockway walked seven times in the inning off two different pitchers, and also took advantage of a Brookville throwing error as they cut Brookville’s lead to 11-6.
Brookville added two more runs in the top of the third on a two-run single from Logan Brown.
Kunselman got on a roll from there on the mound as he only allowed one run in the next three innings. In the bottom of the fourth, Seth Stewart singled to get his way on base and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Kunselman also tossed a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the fifth.
Holding a 13-7 lead going into the top of the fifth, Brookville added two more runs. Carson Weaver singled before Kunselman walked, and Bryce Weaver doubled to bring home Weaver.
After a strikeout, Clayton Cook walked to load the bases, while Riley Smith followed with another free pass to bring home Kunselman.
Mattie Brubaker came on in relief after the walk to Smith and sat down five of his six batters faced. His only blemish came on a leadoff solo homer by Roney to lead off the sixth, which was Brookville’s final run of the night.
Down 16-7 going into the bottom of the sixth, Brockway put together one last rally. With the bases loaded, Andrew Brubaker singled into center field that scored Stewart, but Roney fired the ball home to get a second runner trying to score for the first out.
Swanson scored later in the inning on an error, while Alex Carlson drove in Brubaker with an RBI single for the final run before the final out was recorded on a fielder’s choice.
Roney and Carson Weaver both went 2-for-5 with two RBIs to lead Brookville. Stewart and Andrew Brubaker were both 2-for-3 with two runs scored each for Brockway.
Both teams’ respective games begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.