Boardman Community Baseball 13-year-old all-star team has posted a 3-1 mark in regional tourney play in Kalamazoo, Mich. in its bid to qualify for the World Series in Livermore, Calif.
The local team, managed by Brian Fonderlin, opened regional play last Saturday, absorbing a 9-4 loss at the hands of Iowa, the victim of a three-hitter tossed by Tommy Shiltz. Devon Whitaker and Travis Harvey notched Boardman’s lone hits in the game. Boardman opened with Alex Cardona on the mound and held a 1-0 lead after three innings.
Boardman came back in its second game, pinning a 12-0 loss on Missouri, as Dylan Gurski and Jake Fonderlin combined to two-hit the losers.
Fonderlin aided his own cause with a triple and three runs scored, while Harvey slammed a three-bagger and scored a pair of runs. Mike O’Horo had a double.
In their third game, played on Monday, Boardman belted Illinois, 10-4 as Harvey opened on the mound and picked-up the win with relief help from Gurski, Fonderlin and O’Horo.
Boardman assumed a 3-0 lead when Harvey and Cam Kreps singled, followed by an O’Horo home run. They never looked back.
In a redemption game played on Tuesday, Boardman downed Iowa, 4-1, as Cardona twirled a complete game, notching a baker’s dozen Ks.
Trailing 1-0 in the fourth frame, Boardman rallied when Mike Morris rapped a single to right field, followed by a harvey double. Kreps followed with a two-bagger that plated two runs.
O’Horo then struck out, but on the strikeout pitch, the ball got away from the Iowa catcher and O’Horo raced safely to first base, while Kreps advanced to the third sack. O’Horo then stole the second sack and both runners came home on a Cardona double to end the scoring in the game.
Boardman was set to play 3-1 Minnesota on Wednesday and a win would put the local stars into semifinal action against Indiana. The winner of that game plays Michigan for the berth in the World Series.