T&J’s wins Super Series after late rally
Greater Vision takes silver in tournament
LEWISTOWN — It was winner-take-all Friday night when two friendly foes took the field to battle for the Mifflin County Major League Super Series. T&J’s Screenprinting met up against a scrappy group from Greater Vision, with a tournament win on the line.
After a strong start by Greater Vision, the T&J bats woke up in the fifth inning as they battled back from a two-run deficit to take the championship by a final of 6-4 at Rec Park’s Frank Pupo Memorial Field.
The two were very familiar with each other as they split the season series, only adding to the excitement.
“I’m very proud of everyone on this team. They all played their own special part, no matter how small or how big,” T&J’s manager Josh Snook said. “They all contributed throughout the season at one point. Tonight, the bottom of the batting order got it started late in the game. Then the top fed off of that and got us some runs to take the lead. But, it was the bottom that really got us started there.”
Reese Christine went 2-for-3 with a home run and a single. He also finished with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Logan Ruth finished his day with a clutch 2-run home run in the fifth. He also picked up the win after shutting down the Greater Vision offense, allowing a lone run in his maximum two innings on the mound. In the Super Series, pitchers are limited to a maximum of two innings per game.
Peyton Kearns, who went 2-for-3 and just missed a home run of his own when he blasted one off the bottom of the fence.
Trailing 3-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, T&J’s Jacob Parker Fultz came off the bench to ignite a rally by drawing a walk. Jayden Fisher hit a slow roller to third that he was able to beat out, putting runners on first and second. Fletcher Wilson sacrificed Fultz to third on a fly out to right field. Chase Leister hustled out a grounder to third and reached on a Greater Vision miscue that scored both Fultz and Fisher, tying the contest at three.
Christine blasted a hard hit bouncer back up the middle, picking up the RBI single as Leister hurried home, putting his team in the lead for the first time at 4-3.
Ruth stood up at the plate and sent a rocket shot into center field, which cleared the fence for a 2-run home run, upping the lead to 6-3.
Greater Vision refused to give up as they battled back to score a run in the top of the sixth.
Gatlin Kauffman reached on an error by T&J’s as the ball got past an outfielder and rolled all the way to the fence, putting him at second. He later scored on a single by Dom Morgan, who hustled out an infield single.
But it wasn’t enough as T&J’s closed the game down.
“The kids did great tonight and they did all year,” Greater Vision manager Dave Cherry said. “I’m just so glad they got to play baseball with everything that is going on. They played 17 games and that was a good season.”