Tonawanda News


June 25, 2014

District 1 rally falls short

Tonawanda News — It went down to the very last swing, but it ultimately ended in heartbreak for Tonawanda.

Sky Randall and Joey Oswald hit two-run home runs, but it wasn’t enough as Orchard Park hung on to beat Tonawanda 6-5 Tuesday night in the New York District 1 12-under Williamsport Tournament that was played on Ernie Soucia Field at the North Tonawanda National Little League Complex.

The loss dropped Tonawanda to 0-2 in the tournament and officially eliminates them from advancing to the semifinals.

The ending could not have been scripted any better. OP was desperately clinging to a 6-5 lead with one on and two out in the bottom of the sixth as storm clouds rolled in and Randall walked into the batters box. But the moment was anti-climatic as OP opted to play it safe by intentionally walking Randall on four pitches.

“I felt bad for (Sky) going up there with two outs,” said Tonawanda coach Dylan Randall. “But it just showed how confident (he was) and how scared (OP was). They had a base to give and they gave it.”

“It was kind of flattering but I got mad,” the younger Randall said of the walk. “I was like, ‘Let’s go, let’s go. I want to jack this.’ ”

Orchard Park reliever Griffin Dietrich closed out the win with a strike out as the rain soon came pouring down.

Joey Roward’s two doubles and four RBIs paced the OP offense as it built what appeared to be a comfortable 6-1 lead going into the bottom of the fourth. But Tonawanda would not fade without a fight. Trey Greco drew a lead off walk in the fourth. Oswald, who came off the bench, sparked the rally when he drilled a fastball over the left field wall that just barely stayed fair to cut the lead to 6-3 and bring his teammates to their feet.

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