BRISTOL – Pennsylvania picked up right where it left off Thursday afternoon as it continued to get timely hits and score runs on its way to winning the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament over Delaware, 7-3, and advancing to the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport.
Delaware previously beat Pennsylvania in the second round of the tournament after Peter Hudson hit a three-run home run at the top of the sixth to secure the win. Entering the championship game Pennsylvania had revenge on its mind.
Ty McGough said the loss fueled them and added to their motivation entering Friday’s title game
“The same thing happened in states, we lost to a team 5-4 and the next day we came back with fire,” McGough said. “It’s crazy; we’ve been trying to do this for years now and it’s a dream come true.”
In the first inning both teams scored one run and for a moment it looked as if it would be a tight battle, however, Pennsylvania kicked the door open scoring three runs in the second.
Caleb Detrick hit an RBI double, bringing home Chase Link and Ty McGough all before scoring a run himself thanks to a single from Braden Hatch.
A Beau Rabel score off of a wild pitch in third and another Detrick RBI gave Pennsylvania a 6-1 lead. Delaware battled back scoring two runs in the fourth.
But a home run from Detrick all but ended it.
Manager Jim McGough said winning the regional tournament is a dream come true.
“It’s amazing.” McGough said. “The kids played together. They played as one and they came out on top.”
Looking forward to the World Series, the tournament will take place between Aug, 17 and Aug. 28. As the winner of the Mid-Atlantic region, Pennsylvania will play the Southwest Region champion and Texas representative Pearland Little League on Aug. 18.
“We’re going home,” McGough said. “The community and the support that we’ve had has been amazing. It has fueled our energy, our motivation, our inspiration and all of Hollidaysburg, Blair County and Pennsylvania as a whole, we’ve felt their support and the kids really responded to that.”