Big sixth inning lifts Swoyersville Legion to win in state opener

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The Swoyersville Legion team did it again.

Unable to score through five innings, Swoyersville quickly responded to a one-run deficit in the sixth by smashing past host Boyertown 6-1 on Saturday to close out the opening day of the Pennsylvania State Senior Legion Tournament at Bear Stadium.

Boyertown broke a five-inning stalemate in the top of the sixth to go up 1-0, only to see the three-time reigning Region 5 champs come alive in the home half.

Dom Bayo got things started with a game-tying RBI double and Pat Adamski put Swoyersville up for good with an RBI single. After Mike Kane drove in another run with a sacrifice fly, Austin Sienkiewicz put the game away with a bases-loaded double that brought home all three runners for a 6-1 lead.

Swoyersville starting pitcher Nate Baranski breezed his way through the order the first time, retiring all nine Boyertown batters he faced in the first three innings.

When those same hitters had a better feel the second time through, they connected for three singles over the fourth and fifth but could not score.

Likewise, Boyertown pitcher Nolan Kline escaped a rocky fourth inning unscathed and then a double play ended a Swoyersville threat in the fifth. That kept the game scoreless until Tate Yergey broke the ice with an RBI single.

Baranski kept his team within striking distance, however, leaving the bases loaded with just the one run across in the inning. And his teammates rewarded him in the bottom of the frame with a big rally.

Up next for Swoyersville is a winner’s bracket game against Hempfield East at 7:05 p.m. Sunday in Boyertown.

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Clinton 16, Pittston Township 5

District 16 and Section 5 champion Pittston City saw its postseason run come to an end in the state tournament at Yough Little League in West Newton.

Pittston City lost 17-0 to West Point in Friday’s opener before bowing out again Clinton, the District 12 and Section 3 champ.

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