Tyrone Minor All-Stars split in Valley Tourney

The Tyrone Area Youth Baseball Association Minor League All-Stars continued their tournament play at Juniata Valley on Saturday morning with a split in two games played. Hammered 18-2 by the host Juniata Valley All-Stars, in the first game at 9 a.m., the locals came back on the strength of two strong innings to edge Williamsburg 9-7.
In the win over Williamsburg, in a game which began at 11 a.m., the Tyrone Minor League All-Stars connected for five first-inning runs after Williamsburg had gone scoreless in the top of the inning to take a big lead.
With one out, Bryant Taylor started the fireworks with a single. Freedom Sprankle’s double brought Taylor in with the first tally. Zach Soellner plated Sprankle and Zach came home on a two-bagger by Caleb Hammond. Tristan Lingafelt made it 4-0 with a double that scored Hammond, then Lingafelt came around to eventually score on an RBI ground out by Blake Brooks.
Williamsburg came back to get on the scoreboard with a single score in the top of the third to cut the Tyrone advantage to 5-1, before the locals exploded again for four more runs to push the lead to 9-1.
In the bottom of the fourth, Soellner doubled and Hammond singled. Lingafelt drove in Soellner with his second double of the game. Brooks doubled to send in both Hammond and Lingafelt for a big cushion.
Fortunately, the Tyrone Minors had that big lead, because Williamsburg rallied to score five times in the fifth and once more in the sixth to close to within a 9-7 score. The locals won their first game of the tournament after suffering two losses, despite being out hit 18-15.
Taylor, Sprankle, Soellner, Hammond and Lingafelt each had two hits to lead the winners.
Adam Miller had three hits and six more batters had two hits for Williamsburg, which stranded seven runners.
The Tyrone Minor League All-Stars finish 1-2 in the Juniata Valley Tournament, with Williamsburg and Juniata Valley playing for the tourney championship later Saturday afternoon. Juniata Valley won their own championship with an 11-5 victory.
In the early game, it seemed as if the Tyrone Minor All-Stars couldn’t wake up or maybe it was a case of the Juniata Valley team putting the locals to sleep in their big win. Juniata valley outscored Tyrone 18-2 and outhit them 28-8.
Scoring single runs in the second and fourth innings, Tyrone was led by JoJo Steinbugal and Zach Soellner with two hits each, while Freedom Sprankle and Caleb Hammond each belted a double.
In the second inning, Mark Lewis singled and came around to score on a single by Blake Brooks.
Two innings later, Steinbugal singled and scored on a base hit by Soellner.
The next outing for the TYBA Minor League All-Stars will be a tournament at Mount Union scheduled for the second week in July.
Tyrone 9 Williamsburg 7
Williamsburg – A. McMonagle, rc, 3-1-2; C. Kissinger, 3b, 3-1-1; N. Croach, 3-0-2; T. Shaw, 1b, 3-0-2; M. Biddle, ss, 3-0-2; L. Houck, p, 3-1-1; K. England, lc, 3-1-2; A. Miller, rf, 3-2-3; R. Peck, c, 3-0-1; L. England, lf, 3-0-0; Z. Kephart, eh, 3-1-2. TOTALS 33-7-18.
Tyrone – JoJo Steinbugal, eh, 2-0-1; Bryant Taylor, rc, 2-1-2; Freedom Sprankle, lc, 2-1-2; Zach Soellner, 1b, 2-2-2; Caleb Hammond, 3b, 2-2-2; Tristan Lingafelt, ss, 2-2-2; Blake Brooks, 2b, 2-1-1; Mark Lewis, p, 2-0-1; Ty Snyder, lf, 2-0-0; Rick Reader, rf, 2-0-1; Nate Thompson, c, 2-0-0; Tristan Walters, eh, 2-0-0; Titus Irvin, eh, 2-0-1. TOTALS 26-9-15.