BELLEFONTE - Cumming Motors, the Altoona entry in the VFW 16U State Baseball Tournament, won two more games on Sunday to advance to the championship game.
Cumming, now 4-1 after starting the double-elimination tournament with a loss, will face 3-0 Clearfield in the championship game at 11 a.m. today at the Bellefonte Teener League Field. If Cumming wins, the two will play again at 2 p.m. in a winner-take-all game.
Cumming Motors, which dropped its first game on Friday by 15 runs to Penns Valley, eliminated Spring Cove's Cove Area Businesses, 13-0, and Philipsburg, 16-7, on Sunday by collecting 36 hits combined in the two games.
"We finally turned our bats around,'' Cumming manager Vince Cumming said. "We were always a good hitting team, but now everything came together. If we continue to hit like that, we'll make a good run at [the championship].''
In the opener, Cumming pounded out 16 hits with Derek Cursio and Jay Stern each collecting three, and Brenden Volkommer, Catcher Cumming and Joel Reighard each adding two. Stern and Cumming each drove in two runs.
Andrew Gressler fired a five-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks for Cumming.
"Andrew Gressler pitched a great game in the opener to get us into the second game,'' Vince Cumming said.
In the second game, Cumming Motors had 20 hits in beating Philipsburg with Cursio, Reighard and Trent Martin collecting three hits apiece, and Volkommer, Catcher Cumming and Josiah Huber each adding two. Reighard drove in three runs, and Volkommer and Trey Feathers each drove in two.
Philipsburg, which earlier in the day lost to Clearfield, 11-0, received a three-run homer from Vince McDowell and a solo shot from Nate Kerlin.
CUMMING MOTORS 13, COVE AREA 0
Cumming Motors000 328 X-13 16 0
Cove Businesses000 000 X- 0 5 4
2B-Stern (CM). Multiple hits-Cursio 3, Stern 3, Volkommer 2, Cumming 2, Reighard 2 (CM). RBI-Stern 2, Cumming 2, Cursio, Martin, Reighard, Huber, Feathers (CM). WP-Gressler. LP-Knepp. SO-Gressler 6 (CM); Knepp 1, Shaw 1 (CAB). BB-Knepp 2, Shaw 1 (CAB).
Records: Cumming Motors (3-1); Cove Area Businesses (2-2).
CUMMING MOTORS 16, PHILIPSBURG 7
Cumming Motors504 004 3-16 20 1
Philipsburg001 015 0- 7 6 8
2B-Volkommer 2, Cursio 2, Cumming 2, Martin, Stern, Reighard (CM). HR-McDowell, Kerlin (P). Multiple hits-Cursio 3, Martin 3, Reighard 3, Volkommer 2, Cumming 2, Huber 2 (CM); McDowell 2, Kerlin 2 (P). RBI-Volkommer 2, Reighard 3, Feathers 2, Cursio, Cumming, McDonald, Gressler (CM); McDowell 3, Kerlin, Swick (P). WP-Cursio. LP-Trude. SO-Cursio 7, Reighard 2 (CM); Trude 1, Swick 3 (P). BB-Cursio 10 (CM); Trude 4 (P).
Records: Cumming Motors (4-1); Philipsburg (2-2).