Swoyersville Legion’s run comes to an end late in state tournament

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Chris Sparacino scattered five hits and didn’t allow a run over the final five innings of his complete-game victory as Spring City eliminated Swoyersville from the Pennsylvania American Legion baseball state tournament with an 8-3 victory Tuesday at Bear Stadium in Boyertown.

Zach Sott, Dom Bayo and Stephen Banas all doubled for Swoyersville, which took a 3-1 lead after two innings.

But Sparacino settled down and kept Swoyersville off the board the rest of the way while finishing with five strikeouts. He was backed by two double plays helped Sparacino avert further danger.

Meanwhile, his Red Sox teammates chipped away.

Spring City cut its deficit to 2-1 with a run in the second inning, pulled within 3-2 with a run in the third and took a 4-3 lead by scoring twice in the fifth.

A three-run rally by Spring City in the sixth inning put the game away.

Patrick Jucker went 2-for-2 with a double and scored two runs for the Red Sox, Thomas Hughes drove home three runs. Coy Walters had two hits and scored two runs, Brad Clemens scored twice and Nick Price doubled and scored a run to bolster Spring City’s offensive attack.

Bayo drove home two runs and Sott finished with two RBI as Swoyersville grabbed a 2-0 lead after the first inning and took a 3-1 lead into the third.

It was the second straight loss for Swoyersville, which opened the state tourney with two straight victories to advance to the winner’s bracket finals but suffered an 8-0 defeat Monday to Souderton when Dan Knechel pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout.

Swoyersville closed its season after winning a third straight Region 5 championship. Spring City played Ephrata later Tuesday for the right to meet Souderton for the Pennsylvania state championship Wednesday. Ephrata handed Souderton its first loss of the tourney right before facing Spring City on Tuesday.

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