Morrison powers Boys Majors to bracket finals
BRADFORD Monday night’s Boys Majors All-Star game in Bradford was the Aidan Morrison show.
Morrison launched a three-run home run in a key six run fifth inning, and threw a two-hit shutout, to power the Boys Majors All Stars to an 8-0 win and a place in the winner’s bracket finals with a win over the Bradford Americans.
Warren jumped out to a quick start as Catfish McMeans walked with one out in the first and came around to score on a Morrison single.
But the game, which originally started Sunday, was suspended in the bottom of the first.
It took a while for the Warren bats to warm up when play resumed on Monday as they were limited to just one base runner in the second, third and fourth innings, combined.
That all changed in the fifth.
Nick Smelko led off the inning with a walk and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Nate Eadie. Smelko then scored on an Owen Balas single.
McMeans walked again and a Jackson Knupp single drove home Balas. That set the state for Morrison’s three run blast that put the game out of reach. McMeans doubled in the seventh, driving home Warren’s eighth run, to close the scoring.
In the complete game effort, Morrison struck out nine and walked just three. Bradford was only able to muster a two out single in the second and a two out single in the sixth.
The defense was error free behind Morrison, as well.
The win puts the Boys Majors into the winner’s bracket final, where they will play Dubois on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Warren.
Warren 100 061 – 8 10
Bradford 000 000 – 0 2
2b- Catfish McMeans (W). HR- Aidan Morrison (W).
WP- Morrison. LP- Caskey.
Boys Minors Nationals 6
BROCKWAY It really wasn’t as bad as it looks.
The Warren Boys Minors Nationals All-Stars hung right with Brockway through the first three innings but a seven-run fourth inning sealed the win for the home team.
Warren came out of the gates hot, scoring six runs in the top of the first. Zach Rolin, Tyler Heppinger and Bryce Blair all had two RBIs in the frame with Blair’s coming on a double.
Brockway answered back with four in the bottom of the frame but the Nationals remained in the lead until the bottom of the third; but Brockway’s four run third and seven run fourth knocked the Nationals from the tournament.
Warren’s pitchers only walked one in the game but Brockway’s 13 hits, all of which were singles, was too much to overcome.
Warren 600 0 – 6 6
Brockway 414 7 – 16 13
2b- Bryce Blair (W). 3b- Tyler Heppinger (W)
WP- Matt Copelli
LP- Alex Kemery