BMN loses heartbreaker in extras after Ridley rallies from eight-run deficit

By John Erzar - [email protected]
Back Mountain National’s Zach Paczewski scores in the first inning as Ridgley catcher Jaxon Kehoe chases the ball in the Little League Major Baseball state championship tournament in Berwick on Monday. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Back Mountain National starter Sam Barrouk gave up two runs and struck out five in five innings of work. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Back Mountain National’s Mike Cumbo hits a two-run double to left field in the second inning against Ridley in the Little League Major Baseball state championship tournament in Berwick on Monday. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Back Mountain National right fielder Alan Lisman makes a catch against Ridley in the Little League Major Baseball state championship tournament in Berwick on Monday. - - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Back Mountain National’s Joey Peters hustles down the line as Ridley first baseman Jack Sharer waits for the throw in the first inning. - - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Back Mountain National’s Jude Nocito hits the balll up the middle past Ridley pitcher Sean Williams in the Little League Major Baseball state championship tournament in Berwick on Monday. - - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

BERWICK — Back Mountain National was able to weather two storms of the natural variety Monday afternoon and maintain its momentum.

It was the third storm — whipped up by a state-tested Ridley team — that washed away any chance for a Little League Major Baseball state title.

Ridley scored eight times in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score and then won it with a two-run homer in the eighth, eliminating BMN 12-10 at the Berwick Little League.

Ridley, which won state titles in the 9-10 and 10-11 divisions with essentially the same group of kids, will play in an elimination bracket semifinal at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, although the time could change.

District 31 and Section 5 champ BMN was scheduled to play a consolation game at noon Tuesday against the other team eliminated Monday, but that game has been scrapped due to scheduling concerns. BMN’s game Monday started 30 minutes late due to rain and was delayed twice — for 20 and 55 minutes — because of more rain. The second of four games Monday began two hours late.

With a forecast for more scattered storms, Tuesday’s schedule was cut from four to three games.

“It’s been a pleasure coaching these kids the last four or five years,” BMN manager Gary Peters said. “I wouldn’t trade them for anything. A great bunch of kids. And parents, too.

“It’s just a sad thing coming to the end of Little League with all these players. I wish we were still playing tomorrow.”

BMN was three outs away from doing so, taking a 10-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth. But after starter Sam Barrouk reached his pitch limit after hitting the first batter, the BMN pitchers labored to get those elusive outs.

By the time they did, Ridley had scored eight times behind a three-run homer from Austin Cannon, a two-run double from Carter Williams and RBI singles by Zach Landislaw and Irv Fisher. Cannon later capped the improbable comeback by lining a two-run homer over the right-center fence with no outs in the eighth.

“We’ve been struggling, we really have, all year since we’ve started,” Ridley manager John Scanlan said. “We haven’t found our mojo. We hit, we pitch and we field, but seems like something has been missing. We needed something to get ourselves going. Everybody in our lineup can hit a home run, but we need everybody in our lineup just to hit a single once in a while or get a walk.

“They put too much pressure on themselves. That (sixth) inning, all we said was nobody make the first out. When we made the first out, we said nobody make the second out.”

BMN erased a forgettable 12-2 loss to C-Side on Sunday by scoring twice in the first inning on RBI singles by Mike Cumbo and Barrouk.

BMN bumped the advantage to 5-0 in the second with a two-run double by Cumbo, who finished 4-for-4, the big hit.

The lead increased to 6-0 in the third, although there was some controversy attached to the run. Jude Nocito ripped a liner down the left-field line that appeared to hit the fencing on the foul pole. However, the umpires ruled it hit the top of the fence and bounced back inside the field for a double instead of a home run.

While the issue was being sorted out, the first rain delay occurred. When play resumed, Nocito moved to third on a groundout and scored when Mike Timinski walked and immediately broke for second.

After Ridley tacked on a run in the fourth, BMN came back with three in the fifth when the game was halted for the second rain delay. Cumbo’s solo homer was part of the outburst that increased the advantage to 9-1. Ridley got a run back in the bottom of the frame on Fisher’s second home run of the game, but BMN answered back when Gavin Adamski opened the sixth with a homer to center.

Major Baseball State Tournament

Ridley 12, Back Mountain National 10 (8 inn.)

BMN`AB`R`H`BI

Adamski 3b`4`2`1`1

Peters c`3`0`0`1

Paczewski ss`4`1`0`0

Cumbo 1b`4`2`4`4

Barrouk p`3`0`1`1

Rischawy ph`0`0`0`0

Nocito 2b`4`2`2`0

Coyne lf`4`2`2`0

Burkhardt cf`0`1`0`0

Timinski ph`2`0`0`1

Lisman rf`2`0`0`0

Hinsdale ph`1`0`0`0

Kugler ph`1`0`0`0

Totals`32`10`10`8

Ridley`AB`R`H`BI

Kehoe c`5`0`0`0

Fisher cf`4`4`3`3

Cannon rf`4`2`3`5

Sharer 1b`1`0`0`0

Shwak ph`0`1`0`0

Floirendo ss`4`1`2`0

Scanlan 2b`4`1`1`0

S.Williams p`1`0`0`0

Cobb ph`1`1`0`1

C.Williams 3b`4`1`2`2

Rose lf`1`1`0`0

B.Williams c`1`0`0`0

Ladislaw ph`1`0`1`1

Totals`31`12`12`12

BMN`231`031`00 — 10

Ridley`000`118`02 — 12

LOB — BMN 7, Ridley 6. DP — BMN 1. 2B — Cumbo, C.Williams. HR — Adamski, Cumbo, Fisher 2, Cannon 2. SB — Coyne.

BMN`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Barrouk`5.0`5`2`2`2`5

Lisman`0.0`3`5`5`1`0

Nocito`0.1`3`3`3`0`0

Burkhardt (L)`1.2`1`2`2`1`4

Ridley`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

S.Williams`1.1`2`5`5`4`1

Kehoe`1.2`2`1`1`1`1

Cannon`2.0`3`3`3`1`3

C.Williams (W)`3.0`2`1`1`3`3

Back Mountain National’s Zach Paczewski scores in the first inning as Ridgley catcher Jaxon Kehoe chases the ball in the Little League Major Baseball state championship tournament in Berwick on Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL072418LLBASE-BMN-Ridley_1.jpgBack Mountain National’s Zach Paczewski scores in the first inning as Ridgley catcher Jaxon Kehoe chases the ball in the Little League Major Baseball state championship tournament in Berwick on Monday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Back Mountain National starter Sam Barrouk gave up two runs and struck out five in five innings of work.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL072418LLBASE-BMN-Ridley_3.jpgBack Mountain National starter Sam Barrouk gave up two runs and struck out five in five innings of work. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Back Mountain National’s Mike Cumbo hits a two-run double to left field in the second inning against Ridley in the Little League Major Baseball state championship tournament in Berwick on Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL072418LLBASE-BMN-Ridley_4.jpgBack Mountain National’s Mike Cumbo hits a two-run double to left field in the second inning against Ridley in the Little League Major Baseball state championship tournament in Berwick on Monday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Back Mountain National right fielder Alan Lisman makes a catch against Ridley in the Little League Major Baseball state championship tournament in Berwick on Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL072418LLBASE-BMN-Ridley_5.jpgBack Mountain National right fielder Alan Lisman makes a catch against Ridley in the Little League Major Baseball state championship tournament in Berwick on Monday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Back Mountain National’s Joey Peters hustles down the line as Ridley first baseman Jack Sharer waits for the throw in the first inning.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL072418LLBASE-BMN-Ridley_6.jpgBack Mountain National’s Joey Peters hustles down the line as Ridley first baseman Jack Sharer waits for the throw in the first inning. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Back Mountain National’s Jude Nocito hits the balll up the middle past Ridley pitcher Sean Williams in the Little League Major Baseball state championship tournament in Berwick on Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL072418LLBASE-BMN-Ridley_2.jpgBack Mountain National’s Jude Nocito hits the balll up the middle past Ridley pitcher Sean Williams in the Little League Major Baseball state championship tournament in Berwick on Monday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
BMN loses heartbreaker in extras after Ridley rallies from eight-run deficit

By John Erzar

[email protected]

Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar

Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar