Orwigsburg tops Rotary
Published: July 6, 2013
Orwigsburg's Dylan Biever blasted a home run in each of the middle innings to cap Orwigsburg's strong offensive performance at Rotary Field.
Those innings turned out to be devastating for Rotary on Friday night.
Orwigsburg scored all of its runs in the middle innings, overpowering Rotary 9-1 in a District 24 Little League 11-12-year-old Pool 2 game.
With the victory, Orwigsburg (2-2) secures a playoff berth as the Pool 2 runner-up.
Orwigsburg moves on to play Pool 4 champion Tri-Valley (3-1), a 12-3 winner over SPN, at 5:30 p.m. today in Hegins.
"That boy is just incredible," Orwigsburg manager Jim Sophy said of Biever. "He is one of the most focused baseball players I've ever been around."
Both of Biever's home runs soared over the right-field wall, one of them smashing into the scoreboard.
Biever's homers highlighted a five-run third inning and a four-run fourth to give Orwigsburg all the runs it would need.
"Both of them were low pitches," Biever said. "I didn't think they would go over (the fence)."
Kevin DiLorenzo reached on an error in the bottom of the third just before Biever hit his first shot over the wall, a two-run homer.
Orwigsburg fed from the energy Biever provided, adding three more runs in the frame to go ahead 5-1.
Mike DeHaven added a double and Jake Hendricks contributed an RBI triple to cap the third-inning scoring.
"They are really good athletes," Biever said of the duo. "They help us out a lot."
Orwigsburg did not stop there,
adding another four runs in the fourth.
Nash Guinther reached on an error and Gavin Conway singled to bring Biever to the dish for his second homer, a three-run shot.
Brent Kaunas singled and Mike DeHaven doubled, with Kaunas scoring on an error when Hendricks put the ball in play, giving Orwigsburg a 9-1 lead.
Rotary gained an early lead in the top of the first before Orwigsburg came to life.
Tyler Timberlake reached on an error and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Mike Botto recorded an RBI single to center field for a 1-0 edge.
Orwigsburg left-hander Kaleb Sophy settled in after Rotary's opening run. After Botto's hit, Sophy only allowed one more in his four innings on the hill. Sophy also struck out 11.
"He's our ace," Jim Sophy said. "He always controls the game when he's on the mound."
As Sophy's pitch count grew, Orwigsburg looked to other members of the pitching staff so that Sophy could pitch again in a few days.
Kaunas took to the mound for 20 pitches, and DeHaven closed it out in fewer than 10 pitches.
"You have to win today to get to tomorrow," Jim Sophy said. "You can't play tomorrow's game today