Dillsburg eliminated from Pa. state Little League tournament
Dillsburg had its Pennsylvania state tournament run come to an end following Monday’s loss to Hollidaysburg.
Dillsburg’s run in the Little League Majors Division Pennsylvania state tournament has come to an end.
Hollidaysburg downed Dillsburg, 16-2, in four innings during Monday’s elimination game in Fleetville. Dillsburg scattered just three hits off of Hollidaysburg’s trio of pitchers.
Both teams dropped their respective tournament openers on Sunday and Dillsburg’s second defeat signifies the end of the line in the double-elimination tournament.
“We were outhit and outpitched today,” said Dillsburg coach Brian Bonin. “We had a great run, and winning the sectional title is a big deal, but the competition kind of caught up to us in the state tournament. Our bats had been carrying us and our bats got stymied this week. We just hit a dry spell at the wrong time.”
“We just didn’t play solidly when we came up here and that’s a shame,” he continued. “And that’s taking nothing away from the teams that we played. You expect to play great teams when you get to this level.”
Hollidaysburg raced out to an early 5-0 lead by plating five runs in the top of the first inning. Dillsburg got one back in the bottom of the first as Mason Yohn drove in Timmy Bonin with a single.
Hollidaysburg put three more runs on the board in the top of the second to take an 8-1 lead. Dillsburg plated another run in the bottom of the frame as Bonin drew a bases-loaded walk that scored Garrett Weber.
Dillsburg was plagued by errors in the top of the fourth inning and those miscues allowed Hollidaysburg to increase its run total. Now leading 12-2 in the top of the fourth, Joe Bukosky hit a grand slam to push Hollidaysburg ahead 16-2.
Bukosky went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a game-high six RBIs. He slugged a pair of homers in the Hollidaysburg victory.
Yohn, Bonin and DJ Daggs had the hits for Dillsburg.
“The experience itself is once in a lifetime and these kids accomplished a lot,” said coach Bonin. “It’s sad for me because it closes a chapter in my life. I’ve coached these kids for years and I’ve seen them grow as players and as people. They’re excellent ball players but even better people.”
In other Majors Division games, Johnsonburg/Kane Area edged Selinsgrove, 3-1, to eliminate Selinsgrove from the Pa. state tournament.
Due to inclement weather, Monday’s Upper Providence versus Stroudsburg game scheduled for 5 p.m. and the Kingston/Forty Fort versus North Allegheny game scheduled for 7:30 p.m. were both postponed until Tuesday.