Tyrone Kiwanis advance to Area 4 VFW Finals

Over the weekend, the Tyrone Kiwanis VFW 13 &14 year-old teener league team swept a best-of-three semi-final series with Sprankle’s Automotive by earning victories in the first two games of the series. With the sweep, the Kiwanis team squares off against Bellwood Hoss’s in the best-of-three championship series beginning tonight at Ferner Field at 7:30PM. The Bellwood Hoss’s team also swept their semi-final series by knocking off the top seed of the league, Pinecroft, who is also a Bellwood team.
The two victories for Kiwanis increased their win streak to 10 victories in a row!
Saturday morning, June 30, Game One of Best-Of Three
With several players out-of-town for vacation and/or summer camp, the Kiwanis coaching staff made a decision for only the second time this season, to start their catcher, Jeremy Miller, on the mound. Just like in his first start of the season, Jeremy took control of the game and went the distance pitching a three-hitter, while allowing only one run in an 8-1 victory for the Kiwanis team.
Solid defense has and continues to be a main stay for the Kiwanis team along with a 12-hit performance led by Caleb Snyder who went 3-for-4. JD Dorminy, Jeremy Miller, and Marcus Wagner each had two hits a piece as well. A number of Kiwanis players were successful at laying down some very nice bunts to complement the hitting performance. Johnny Romano crushed a line drive home run over left field fence in the top half of the sixth inning to score Sprankle’s only run of the game.
Jordan Faretta took the loss for Sprankles.
Sunday afternoon, July 1, Game Two of Best-Of-Three
Prior to the start of game two of the series, it looked like it was going to be a pitchers dual between Korry Cowher of Kiwanis and Jared Templeton of Sprankle’s. But the Kiwanis team jumped out to an early first inning lead scoring three runs on five hits.
During the inning, Korry Cowher had stoked a single to center field and worked his way around to third base. Jeff Rawson hit a fly ball to right field that was caught by John Romano. Cowher tagged up and was thrown out at the plate. While on his way to home, Cowher did not slide and was ejected from the game.
Now faced with no starting pitcher, the coaching staff decided to bring Trevor Jackson in to pitch in the bottom half of 1st inning. Jackson went on to earn a complete game 10-1 victory, which was his fourth of the year. Jackson scattered eight hits over seven innings of play, while striking out five and walking only two batters.
The Kiwanis defense again played solid baseball and the offense score 10 runs on 18 hits! JD Dorminy and Jeremy Miller each had four hits a piece, while Caleb Snyder and Marcus Wagner had three hits each for the Kiwanis offensive attack.
Jared Templeton had two hits for Sprankle’s while also taking the pitching loss.
The Sprankle’s Automotive team ended their season successfully with a third place regular season finish along with making it to the semi-final round.
Congratulations to the Sprankle’s Automotive team and good luck to the Kiwanis team in the Playoff Championship Finals.