Williamsburg entry takes home DPLWS title over NC foe
By Matt Michelone
For the Mirror
BELLWOOD – Yellow Springs Hardwood’s Preston Long went from coming up big for his team at the plate on Thursday night to standing tall on the mound on Saturday night.
Long pitched a complete game, striking out 14 batters while allowing two runs on six hits as the Williamsburg entry to the Dean Patterson Little World Series held on against Northern Cambria, 3-2, at James C. Kissel Memorial Field Saturday night.
“He’s been like that for us all year,” Williamsburg coach Dalton Hoey said. “He’s so good. He was getting frustrated out there, but I knew for a fact he was going to close it out. There was no doubt in my mind he was going to close this game out.”
Long was named the series MVP while Brady Hoover — who struck out nine batters — of Northern Cambria took home the Sportsmanship Award.
Yellow Springs got on the scoreboard first on a wild pitch, which brought home Long for a 1-0 lead, which stayed in place until the fifth.
That’s when the Williamsburg team struck again. Jase McCall roped a double to the outfield, scoring Long and Rece Clowson to expand the lead to 3-0 after five.
“I know that they’re going to walk Preston a lot, but that’s a mistake by them because he’s a threat at the plate, he’s a threat on the bags,” Hoey said. “That run paid off. That kid, it doesn’t matter who’s behind the plate, he steals and he’s quick.”
Northern Cambria didn’t go quietly as Levi Czar drew a walk to lead off the sixth. Joe Buterbaugh then reached on a single. They would both score on a fielder’s choice to cut the deficit to one run.
“These boys as with the other game they played earlier this week, they know it’s a six-inning game,” Northern Cambria coach Marlon Czar said. “I kept telling them one run, two runs, three runs, that’s one inning. It’s not a big deal, keep fighting and they did, almost came out.”
Long struck out the last two batters to seal the win for his team.
“I love these guys, we worked so hard, and nothing’s came really easy to us all year, and I knew for a fact that these boys were going to give me a little stress there at the end,” Hoey said of the final sequence.
Czar was appreciative of his team’s efforts and the chance to compete in the tournament.
“This is a big accomplishment, and we’re thankful for Dean Patterson for having our league down here, and our team specifically,” he said. “These boys fought hard all season, and I’m proud of them and they fought to the end. That’s all I could ask for.”
Hoey was grateful for the journey he got to enjoy with his team.
“We’ve had this planned from the beginning of the year,” he said. “There wasn’t a doubt in my mind we were taking this trophy home tonight. I love these boys so much. They did their job today.”
Earlier in the day, Carraciolo’s captured the consolation game with a 12-11 win over Thompson Pharmacy.
YELLOW SPRINGS HARDWOOD (3): Reffner rf 301, Long p 020, Neri 2b 300, Harker 3b 300, McCall 1b 101, Hileman pr 000, Williams c 301, Lower ss 301, Barroner cf 301, Clowson lf 310. Totals: 22-3-5.
NORTHERN CAMBIRA (2): Czar rf 111, Buterbaugh cf 311, Hoover p 200, Lieb 302, Kirsch ss 300, J. Keith 2b 300, Blickendorfer 3b 300, Shutty lf 201, Costello 1b 200, A. Keith eh 100, Raehl 100. Totals: 24-2-6.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Yellow Springs Hardwood 100 020 – 3 5 1
Northern Cambria 000 002 – 2 6 0
RBI – McCall 2; Lieb, Kirsch.
YELLOW SPRINGS HARDWOOD: Long (W) 6 IP 6 H 2 R 2 ER 4 BB 14 SO.
NORTHERN CAMBRIA: Hoover (L) 6 IP 5 H 3 R 3 ER 3 BB 9 SO.