Hollidaysburg LL team makes history with win in regional final
By Neil Rudel
BRISTOL, Conn. — Little League protocols call for the winning manager to bring two players to the postgame media session.
Jim McGough picked his son, Ty, and Caleb Detrick after Hollidaysburg defeated Delaware, 7-3, Friday in the Mid-Atlantic Regional final at the Bart Giamatti Training Center.
With a berth in the Little League World Series in Williamsport on the line, Ty McGough worked out of a two-on, nobody-out jam in the third inning to become the winning pitcher, and Detrick went 4-for-4, including a two-run double, a home run and four RBIs.
Detrick didn’t go to the plate in the sixth inning thinking about hitting it out.
“I was just trying to hit a strike,” he said.
The lefty did that throughout the regional, going 9-for-12 in four games, including a two-run double in the second inning that helped stake Hollidaysburg to an early 4-0 lead.
“He’s been hitting the ball great the entire tournament and all season long,” Jim McGough said. “Couldn’t be prouder of him.”
Trailing 4-1 in the third inning, Delaware put the first two batters on via singles off starter Braden Hatch, at which point McGough turned to his son, who had been playing shortstop.
“Ty took the ball in a high-pressure situation and delivered,” McGough said. “That was the game plan — to have Braden start and bring Ty in once we got through the lineup and have Braden catch.”
Hollidaysburg took a 1-0 lead in the first on Detrick’s RBI single.
Delaware tied it on Luke Luzader’s towering home run over the 225-foot fence in left center, but Hollidaysburg took control in the second off Delaware starter Peter Hudson, a lanky, 5-foot-11 righty.
With two on, Ty McGough walked and Chase Link was hit by a pitch before Detrick lashed a two-run double and scored on Hatch’s infield single.
After walking Luzader, McGough proceeded to strike out two and ended the inning on a groundout, with Brody Dull making a nifty scoop on a low throw.
Hollidaysburg tacked on single runs in the third and fourth, Beau Rabel scoring on a wild pitch and Link hustling from second to score on Detrick’s third hit, a single to right to bump the lead to 6-1.
Hollidaysburg chased Hudson after three innings and the 85-pitch limit.
McGough was pleased with his team’s plate discipline, drawing four walks to go with three hit batsmen.
“We were ready to attack the strike zone, but our hitters were very diligent in making him throw strikes,” he said. “It worked out pretty well.”
Delaware, though, wasn’t done as Hudson’s double, just past diving centerfielder Aspen Anderson, cut the Hollidaysburg lead to 6-3 after four before Detrick’s sixth-inning homer over the right-center fence set the final score.
Ty McGough ended the game with two strikeouts and snagging a line drive back to the box, triggering a Hollidaysburg celebration.
Delaware manager Chuck Hudson, whose team defeated Hollidaysburg 5-4 on Tuesday, was impressed with the regional champ’s balance.
“They’re a great team,” he said. “I think they definitely will have a shot in the World Series. Of course, They’re the Mid-Atlantic representative, and we’ll be behind them, rooting them on. They have a lot of pitching.”
The teams mingled throughout the week at the Giamatti complex.
“We spent the whole week with them, and they’re really a class act,” Hudson said. ‘We interacted with each other. We actually borrowed their car once to go get some stuff for the kids. We really wish them nothing but the best.”
PENNSYLVANIA (7): McGough ss-p 321, Link c-ss-3b 220, Detrick rf 424, Hatch p-c 401, Boob lf-3b-lf 301, Metzger 1b 100, Dull 1b 200, Rabel 2b 211, Anderson cf 201, Phillips 3b-ss 100, Dively lf 000. Totals — 24-7-9.
DELAWARE (3): Hudson p-3b 302, Luzader c 211, Swasey ss 300, O’Connor 2b 300, McConnell lf-rf 200, Tray ph 100, Rowe 1b 000, Bradley 1b 200, Blount cf 100, Mulvena ph 110, Stiebel 3b-p 100, McClafferty ph 101, Ciritella rf-lf 201, Derbyshire ph 110. Totals — 23-3-5.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Pennsylvania 131 101–7 9 0
Delaware 100 200–3 5 1
LOB–Pennsylvania 8, Delaware 6. 2B–Boob, Anderson, Detrick, Hudson. HR–Detrick, Luzader. RBI–Detrick 4, Hatch, Metzger, Hudson, Luzader, Derbyshire. SAC–Dively, Anderson. HBP–Boob (by Hudson), Dively (by Hudson), Link (by Hudson), Mulvena (by McGough). WP–McGough. LP–Hudson. SO–Hatch 3, McGough 6, Hudson 5, Stiebel 1. BB–Hatch 1, McGough 2, Hudson 4. Wild pitch–Hudson 5.