ROCHESTER — Chatham won its third straight game in pool play with a 6-2 victory over Oceanside at the New York State 11-12 year-old Little League Softball Championship Tournament on Wednesday.
Chatham built up a 6-0 lead before a heavy thunderstorm hit the Rochester area, stopping play as the bottom of the sixth was beginning. After a lengthy discussion, tournament officials sent both teams back to their hotels while the field was worked on. After nearly three hours, both teams returned to the field and play resumed.
Oceanside rallied for two runs in the last of the sixth and had the tying run at the plate with two outs, but Chatham pitcher Skylar Groom reached back for something extra and got out of the jam with a strikeout to nail down the victory.
Chatham took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Aubrey Rowe doubled, went to third on Alexis Nehmens’ ground and scored on Sophie Middletown’s squeeze bunt.
The score remained 1-0 until the top of the sixth when Chatham erupted for five runs after two were out. Lylah Rowe started the inning off with a single and was sacrficed to second by Marianna Chudy. After Groom lined out to the shortstop, Meta Muntain came through with a single to plate Rowe.
Aubrey Rowe reached on an infield single, Nehmens was intentionally walked to load the bases and Middleton ripped a two-run single. Samantha Silver kept the inning going wth a two-run double before Oceanside was able to get the third out.
Aubrey Rowe finished with a double and single to lead Chatham’s eight-hit attack. Silver doubled and had two RBI, Middleton singled and drove in three, Mountain had a single and an RBI and Chudy, Groom and Lylah Rowe all singled.
Groom pitched a complete game with 11 strikeouts and four walks, allowing two runs and four hits.
Berkshire 5, Blackhawks 2
In a game shortened to 4 1/2 innings becaue of rain, the Berkshire Baseball Club posted a 5-2 victory over the ENY Blackhawks 14U on Wednesday.
Berkshire pulled away from a 2-2 tie with three runs in the third inning and never looked back.
The Blackhawks managed just three singles, one each by Jacob Macfarlane, Devin Scali and Sam Buquet. Macfarlane drove in both Blackhawks’ runs.
Kyle Danforth pitched three innings for the Blackhawks, striking out one, walking four and allowing five runs and six hits. Gavin Hartka threw one inning, striking out two.
The Blackhawks (14-4) play at Guilderland 14U on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.