RYE, N.Y. -- With one swing of the bat, Dusty Mion expanded Ryes lead and gave the host a huge boost in momentum. Mions two-run homer in the third inning fueled Rye to an 8-2 victory over Elmsford in a District 20 Little League Baseball 10-11-year-old winners bracket game at Disbrow Park. Rye will play the White Plains-Harrison winner in the winners bracket final, Friday, at 5:45 p.m., at ORourke Field in Eastchester. Elmsford goes to the losers bracket and will play the winner of Eastchester-Sherman Park, Wednesday, at 7 p.m., at Volunteer Field.
Mion finished with two hits and three RBI and also pitched the final two innings. Winning pitcher Matt Bruno, Owen Hull, Forbes Crowley and Jared Olbrys also drove in runs. Bruno went four innings and allowed two runs. Rye, which also turned doubles plays in the first two innings, led 2-0 through two innings when Mion delivered a line-drive homer over the center-field fence, scoring Bruno, who had a one-out double.
It was a high pitch, Mion said. I couldnt believe that it was a line drive, but it felt good when I hit it.
The four runs were all Bruno needed, Rye increased its lead to 7-0 with three runs in the fourth. However, it was Ryes defense in the first two innings that halted two Elmsford rallies. Elmsford had the bases loaded with one out in the first inning. Kevin Strnad flied out to right fielder Gavin Kenney, who came up throwing. Catcher Sean Hale caught Kenneys throw and tagged out Drew Diserio at home to end the inning.
It was a big play because it ended the inning, said Mion of Kenneys throw home. In the second inning, Elmsford had runners at first and second when shortstop Billy Chabot snared a line drive and tagged out the base runner going back to second.
Coach was happy with out hitting because we kept hitting the ball and we were getting on base and we had those two double plays, Mion said.
Elmsford scored its runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Danny Smith singled in Strnad and Brendon Julies sacrifice fly scored Travis Cowles. Julie had an excellent game defensively at third base with five assists.
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