The last time U.A.W. ruled the major boys Little League program in Corry, Jeremy Cressley was a 12-year-old.
Eight years later, the automakers are back on top.
In a well-played game at Bracken Field, U.A.W. held off the Beaver Club 6-2 on Tuesday to sweep the best-of-three finals.
“I’m really proud of these guys, we were expected to win and we came through,” said coach J.W. Bracken, who has been assisted by Kelly Cragg through the drought. The team suffered some misfortune, off-the-field accidents that played a role in not taking home a title.
“We had great veteran leadership,” said Bracken. “We were able to score throughout the lineup as evidenced by scoring in 15 of the 18 (playoff) innings.”
Last night, U.A.W. scored twice in the first inning. Liam Cragg singled and Tyler Burlew doubled him home. He scored on Tagen Drayer’s sacrifice.
BC countered with single runs in the first and second to tie the score.
The autoworkers went up 4-2 in the third keyed by Drayer’s RBI single.
In the bottom of the third, with runners on first and third, a Beaver Club player was out at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch, catcher Jack Gill throwing to Drayer for the out.
In the U.A.W. fourth, Dakota Hoffecker hit a sacrifice fly and Cragg had an run-scoring double.
Drayer was strong on the mound before giving way to Burlew, a 10-year-old, in the sixth.
Bulldog Burlew got the final two outs, ending it with a strikeout, and the elusive crown belonged to U.A.W.
Drayer pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and two walks, fanning six.
Tanner Martin threw five innings for BC, charged with six runs, five hits and three walks, striking out four. Nick Marrs pitched the sixth, walking a pair.
Cragg had two hits fro the winners, Greg Conley and Ethan Brown with two hits for the Beaver Club.
In the top of the sixth, the Brown to Brown combination produced the defensive play of the series.
Shortstop Ethan Brown made a running catch behind third as he neared the foul line. He wheeled and fired a strike to his brother, catcher Robby Brown, who easily tagged out the runner for an inning-ending double play.
Now the attention turns to LL all-star action and Corry will have three boys teams. The Minors (age 9-10) will host districts beginning Saturday, June 26.
The 11’s play at MYAA Walnut Creek on July 8, while the Majors (12) start Friday, June 25 at the MYAA Americans.
U.A.W. 202 200 — 6 5
Beaver Club 110 000 — 2 5
2b-Liam Cragg (U), Tyler Burlew (U). WP-Tagen Drayer. LP-Tanner Martin. Save-T.Burlew.