Passmore’s walk-off leads Americans over Bradford; Nationals fall to DuBois

BRADFORD – The Warren Americans Boys Majors All-Stars have advanced to the winners bracket final, and they have advanced in dramatic fashion.

Micah Passmore’s two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the sixth on Sunday gave Warren a 6-5 walk-off win over Bradford.

Tied 5-5 after a two-out rally of Bradford’s own in the top of the sixth, Tyler Gustafson walked, Andrew Beyer was hit by a pitch, and Mitch Grosch walked to set the stage for Passmore, who ripped a single down the left field line.

Warren now plays in the winners bracket final vs. Brookville, at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Betts-Jackson Field. Brookville beat Punxsutawney, 11-10, in seven innings on Sunday.

After a Ryan Rafalski single in the bottom of the first off of Bradford pitcher Caleb Nuzzo’s arm, Nick Hussey just missed a two-run home run to center for a fly out, and the score stayed scoreless. Nuzzo was fine, and kept bringing the heat for a Bradford team that had 10-runned the Warren Nationals.

Ben Salapek also missed starting the scoring with a deep fly ball to the fence for an out in the second for Warren.

Once Nuzzo was replaced in the bottom of the third, Mitch Grosch took the reliever’s first pitch over the fence for a two-run home run and 2-0 Warren lead.

Nuzzo homered in the top of the fourth to cut Warren’s lead to 2-1, but the Americans scored twice more in the bottom half. Andrew Beyer’s two-run homer to center made it 4-1 Warren after four.

Bradford tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the fifth with two singles and four walks. Grosch then relieved Hussey, who had struck out nine over 4 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, and Grosch ended the inning with a strikeout of his first batter faced.

Warren took the lead in the bottom half when Grosch singled, Rafalski walked and Passmore singled to load the bases. Hussey then hit a line drive to shortstop that was misplayed, and Grosch scored for the 5-4 lead. After a 20-minute rain delay, Bradford got out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam with a pop up to short and a double play.

Jacob DeSimone hit a ball to center in which the center fielder made a diving catch. Rafaski tagged and scored from third, but was called out for leaving his base early on a Bradford appeal.

A two-out base hit for Bradford tied the score at 5-5, which set up Passmore’s game-winning hit in the bottom half for Warren (3-0).

Grosch finished 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI, and Passmore 2-for-3. Grosch picked up the win on the mound with four strikeouts over 1 1/3 innings, walking one and giving up two hits.

Bradford 000 131 – 5 5

Warren 002 211 – 6 6

HR-Mitch Grosch (W), Andrew Beyer (W), Caleb Nuzzo (B). WP-Grosch. LP-Hunter Fox.

DUBOIS 11, WARREN NATIONALS 2

The Warren Nationals’ run in the District 10 Boys Majors All-Stars tournament came to an end at the hands of DuBois, 11-2, Sunday at Betts Jackson Field.

DuBois plated eight runs in the top of the second thanks to RBI base hits from Chase Runyon, Dayne Bauman, Gauge Gulvas, Heath Means, Noah Knowles, and Keith Fatula.

The visitors added another run in the fourth on a double steal with runners on first and third before Warren’s Tony Batiste broke up the shutout with a solo home run over the wall in right-center. The Nationals advanced runners to second and third in the frame, but a groundout ended the threat with DuBois on top, 9-1.

Knowles brought home two runs on a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth to give DuBois a 10-run lead. Warren avoided the mercy rule in the bottom of the inning when Gavin Lavan tripled home James Swanson, but the Nationals went down in order in the sixth to finish the tournament with a record of 1-2.

Lavan went 2-for-3 to lead Warren at the plate and tossed three innings in relief of starting pitcher Owen Trumbull. Batiste finished the game on the hill with two scoreless innings.

Means allowed one run on three hits in 4 2/3 innings pitched for DuBois.

The Warren Nationals are now eliminated from the postseason while DuBois (2-1) advances to play the loser of Punxsutawney and Brookville on Tuesday.

DuBois 080 120 – 11 7

Warren 000 110 – 2 5

2b-Gauge Gulvas (D), Noah Knowles (D). 3b-Gavin Lavan (W). HR-Tony Batiste (W). WP-Heath Means. LP-Owen Trumbull.