Geneva United LL All-Stars defeat’Bula All-Stars
Wwest News Service (WNS)
William A. West
Ashtabula_The Geneva United All-Stars (ages nine to 10) created the perfect scenario for themselves when they held on to defeat the Ashtabula All-Stars 7-5 Wednesday night on Tulino Field at Cederquist Park in Ashtabula.
The Ashtabula team came into the game riding high after winning their last three games by the combined scores of 38-1. Geneva United entered into the fray with two solid wins under their belt.
A winner’s bracket victory would put the winning team in the driver’s seat for the championship game Sunday.
Zach Griffith, batting second for Ashtabula, stroked a double into left center, stole third base and scored on a ground-out for Ashtabula’s solo run in the top of the first inning.
Geneva set the tone early by rocking hard-throwing pitcher Andrew Mehalic for three hits and five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Brett Goff, Vincent Varckette and Charlie Hughes hit singles.
Solid pitching from Mehalic and Geneva United’s Brett Goff held both teams in check in the second inning.
Ashtabula clawed its way back into the game by scoring two runs on two hits in the top half of the third inning. Geneva United responded by scoring two runs on one hit in the bottom of the third inning to make the score 7-3.
Ashtabula scored a run in the fourth inning and the fifth inning to close the gap to 7-5. Ashtabula stayed in the game by holding Geneva United to just one hit and no runs in the fourth and fifth inning.
It was three up and three down for Ashtabula in the top of the sixth inning and the game was over.
Ashtabula pitching held the potent Geneva United offense to five singles. The Geneva United pitching staff gave up five hits, including three doubles.
Geneva United plays for the championship 2 p.m. Sunday on their home field in Geneva.