Ben Funyak’s successful suicide squeeze in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Niskayuna past Guernsey Valley, Ohio, 12-11, in a back-and-forth pool opener Saturday at the Babe Ruth World Series for 13-year-olds at Ardean Aafedt Stadium.
Funyak’s bunt with the bases loaded and one down brought home Matt Toy, and capped a four-run rally after Niskayuna had let an early 8-3 lead get away.
Liam Davison sparked Niskayuna’s six-run second inning with a two-run double. Davison also singled and finished with three RBI.
Toy began the seventh-inning scoring with an RBI single. Toy and Funyak both had two RBI, while Conor Graham reached base four times and scored three runs.
Gabe Antonikowski was the last of five Niskayuna pitchers, hurling the final two innings to gain the victory. He escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the sixth to keep Guernsey Valley (Ohio Valley Region) off the board.
Niskayuna notched a pair of one-run victories at the Middle Atlantic Regional Tournament, taking one of them on a late suicide squeeze by Toy.
Niskayuna will play Lawrenceburg, Tenn. (Southeast Region), Monday night at 9 in its second of four pool contests.
Guernsey Valley 122 140 1 — 11 13 3
Niskayuna 260 000 4 — 12 8 5
Gress, Long (2), McKee (7) and Charlton; Senecal, Cox (2), Evans (3), Ritzenthaler (5), Antonikowski (6) and Toy.
Clifton Park wins opener
MOSES LAKE, Wash. — Ian Anderson was nearly perfect in six innings of work, and Kevin Huerter knocked in four runs as the Clifton Park Knights beat Bryant, Ark., 10-1, to open pool play at the Babe Ruth World Series for 14-year-olds at Larson Playfield.
Anderson struck out eight, didn’t walk a batter, and surrendered only a lead-off single to Garrett Misenheimer in the fifth inning. Misenheimer was later erased on a double play.
Ben Anderson hit a triple in the Clifton Park third and scored on Huerter’s groundout. Clifton Park, the Middle Atlantic Region champion, scored four runs in the fourth and five in the seventh to pad its advantage.
Matt Straney hit an RBI single in the fourth and Huerter capped the rally with a two-run single. Nik Malachowski and Huerter hit RBI singles in the seventh and John Cady brought a run home on a fielder’s choice.
Kurt Forsell had a pair of hits for Clifton Park. Dylan Hurt hit a seventh-inning RBI double for Bryant (Southwest Region). Huerter pitched the seventh and fanned two.
Clifton Park’s pitching staff has allowed eight runs over the Knights’ last 12 games. The Knights went 5-0 in winning the Eastern New York Tournament and 6-0 in winning the Middle Atlantic event.
Clifton Park takes on Jasper, Ind. (Ohio Valley Region), today at 2 in the second of its four pool games.
Clifton Park 001 400 5 — 10 10 0
Bryant, Ark. 000 000 1 — 1 2 3
I. Anderson, Huerter (7) and B. Anderson; Shurtleff, Fincher (6) and Hurt.