BROOKVILLE — In a rematch of Saturday’s first-round matchup, the outcome was a bit more undecided this time around as Punxsutawney needed extra innings to knock Brookville out of the three-team District 10 11-year-old baseball All-Star tournament.
A 15-7 winner at home over the weekend, Punxsutawney rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to notch a wild 15-14 win at Zufall Field Tuesday night. That puts Punxsutawney into Thursday’s final against unbeaten DuBois, which won a 23-3 rout against Punxsutawney Sunday.
Both teams had nine-run innings and combined for the obvious 29 runs along with 22 hits, 13 errors and 18 walks. Of the 29 runs, just seven were earned.
Punxsutawney, the home team via the pre-game coin flip, pushed home two runs with no outs in the bottom of the seventh. Coy Martino reached on an infield single and Kyle Varner doubled him over to third, but Varner kept going and forced Martino to race home with the tying run as a throwing error from the outfield gave Martino time to beat the throw.
With Varner at third and no outs, Brookville then walked the next two batters intentionally to set up a force play at home. Sawyer Hall’s hit chopper to a drawn up first baseman Charlie Krug, but his throw didn’t connect at home and Varner scored the winning run.
Both teams took advantage of several mistakes to put up runs, with Punxsutawney sending 15 batters to the plate in the bottom of the second inning to score its nine-spot. All nine were unearned thanks to three Brookville errors.
Down 10-4 going into the top of the fourth, it was Brookville’s turn to take advantage of four Punxsutawney errors to plate its nine runs, all but two of them unearned. Kellen Haines singled in a run and Cole Householder singled in two runs with two outs to give Brookville a 13-10 lead.
Haines replaces starter Gage Kiehl with two outs in the second and kept his team in the game, throwing until running out of pitches after giving up Martino’s leadoff single in the seventh. He was replaced by Householder in the seventh. The only other runs Punxsutawney scored between the second and seventh were three runs in the fifth, two coming home on Varner’s second of three doubles.
Punxsutawney stranded the potential winning run at second base in the bottom of the sixth when Haines whiffed Weaver to end the inning. Then in the top of the seventh after two outs, Kiehl reached on an infield single. Landon Knapp walked to move Kiehl to second.
Haines followed by beating out an infield single with Kiehl hustling to home to beat throw and give Brookville a one-run lead going into the bottom of the seventh before Punxsutawney put five straight batters on base.
Brookville outhit Punxsutawney, 13-9, with Carberry leading the way with three hits, including a double and three runs scored. Householder singled twice as did Kiehl, Haines and Brad Fiscus.
The loss finished Brookville’s 11s up at 0-2, both losses coming to Punxsutawney.