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Late score gives Saugerties 11-12s District 15 title

July 8, 2019 09:00 pm Updated: July 8, 2019 10:16 pm

CHATHAM -- Zane Devries-Lapson's home run leading off the top of the sixth inning snapped a 3-3 tie and Saugerties went on to edge Northern Columbia, 4-3, to win the District 15 11-12 year-old baseball championship on Monday.

Saugerties advances to the Section 2 Tournament and will play either the District 14 or District 16 champion on Sunday.

The game quickly turned into a pitcher's duel between Saugerties' Ty Van Valkenburg and Northern Columbia's Dom Pelizza. Neither pitcher gave up a run until Saugerties got to Pelizza for one in the third when Jake Monroe cracked a two-out single and came around to score on Van Valkenburg's double.

Northern Columbia didn't score until the fourth, taking advantage of three Saugerties errors to plate three runs. With one out, Chase Morrison reached on an infield error and Liam Mullins singled to right field. Tyler Van Allen followed with a ground ball that was misplayed, allowing Morrison to score the game-tying run. Callan Heimroth then ripped a triple to left field that plated Mullins and Van Allen with the go-ahead runs.

Saugerties came right back with two to tie in the top of the fifth. Tanner Pesce started the rally with a base hit to left. Trevor Bodie then hit a grounder back to the mound that Pelizza fielded cleanly, but the throw to second sailed into center field, allowing both runners to move up a base to set Saugerties up with runners on second and third.

After Jake Monroe walked to load the bases, Van Valkenburg hit a ground ball to second that Connor McDarby fielded cleanly and threw home to nail the lead runner at the plate for the second out. With the bases still loaded, Anders Forrest belted a double to the gap in right-center to score Bodie and Monroe. Van Valkenburg was thrown out at the plate trying to score on the hit, ending the uprising and leaving the score 3-3.

Van Valkenburg retired Northern Columbia in order in the fifth, setting the stage for Devries-Lapson, who drilled a 2-1 offering from reliever Wyatt Dolge over the fence in left field for what proved to be the game-winning run.

Along with Devries-Lapson's home run, Forrest had a double, single and two RBI to lead Saugerties' six-hit attack. Van Valkenburg doubled and drove in a run and Jake Monroe and Pesce singled.

Heimroth's triple and two RBI paced Northern Columbia. Connor McDarby doubled and Pelizza and Mullins singled.

Van Valkenburg pitched 5 2/3 innings for Saugerties, striking out 10, not walking a batter and allowing three runs (none earned) and four hits. Jake Monroe faced one batter in the sixth and struck him out.

Pelizza pitched five strong innings for Northern Columbia, striking out five, walking one and allowing three runs and five hits. Dolge and Johnny Rivero pitched the sixth, surrendering a run and one hit with three strikeouts.