WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP —
The French Creek Valley American 9 & 10 Year Old Baseball All-Stars have spent a whole lot of time at the Crawford County Fairgrounds Fields the past couple days.
Yet, it seems to have been worth it as FCVA advanced to today’s District 1 championship game after defeating Meadville 26-8 on Tuesday.
“We’re very proud of these kids,” said FCVA head coach Todd Ishimaru. “We thing that all the teams here are great teams. Anything can happen at any given time. And we’re very fortunate to have made it to this point.”
The win followed a late battle with Conneaut Lake/Linesville on Monday night, which stretched until nearly 11 p.m. CLL defeated FCVA 11-5.
The Saegertown boys went right back to work Tuesday in the loser’s bracket. The game started a half-hour late due to all the rain earlier in the day. Then it was postponed another half-hour in the fourth inning due to a passing rain storm.
But FCVA eventually left the field as a winner, and that’s all that matters.
Now, the Saegertown kids will get another crack at Conneaut Lake/Linesville. The championship game is set to begin at 6 p.m. back at the fairgrounds.
“They’re eager and they’re going to try their best,” said Ishimaru. “(Conneaut Lake/Linesville) is a fine team. But we thing we’re a fine team too. I think it will be a good game.”
Last night’s game against Meadville was a relatively close one through the first four innings. FCVA led 10-6.
However, in the fifth FCVA blew things wide open, sending 21 batters to the plate while scoring 16 runs on 10 hits.
FCVA had 16 hits on the night. Among the numerous offensive highlights for the team:
- Landon Caldwell was 4-for-6 with a double, three runs scored and three RBIs.
- Dylan Flinchbaugh was 3-for-4, walked twice, scored three runs and drove in one more.
- Zack Balog reached base five times and scored four runs thanks to three singles, a hit-by-pitch and a Meadville error.
- Dustin Nearhoof was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBIs.
- Max Giles reached base four times, hitting into an error twice and walking twice. He scored three runs.
- Dominic Delizio was 1-for-1 with three RBIs and three runs scored. He singled in a run, walked in a run, and was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.