Several close games and extra innings have made up the 2022 series between East End Youth League’s Greenwood Meadows and Dean Patterson.
There have been three games that went to extra innings, four that were decided by one run.
Saturday night proved to be no different in the Dean Patterson Little World Series championship game in what was the seventh meeting between the two teams.
Dean Patterson made good use of the long ball as it hit three home runs en route to capturing the title with a 9-7 win over Greenwood Meadows at East End’s field.
“That just goes to show they didn’t let up, there was no quit,” Dean Patterson coach Carl “Pugs” Adams said. “That’s what I’m proud of the most. Every time we were down, they fought back no matter what. The story of the year.”
Greenwood Meadows drew first blood with three runs on two walks and a pair of errors in the top of the first inning.
That was answered by the first two homers from Dean Patterson in the bottom of the frame when Kruz Keith smacked a two-run shot to left field and Brenan Long followed up with a solo shot to tie the game.
“The boys came out swinging, they were ready to play,” Greenwood Meadows coach Chris Pike said. “Our kids don’t know how to quit. They don’t how to quit at all. Meadows versus Patterson is not for the faint of heart. We battled them all season, and every game is like this. That’s what little league baseball is all about.”
Dean Patterson continued its drive to a championship in the second inning as Jon Stroup reached on a one-out double and scored on a Long double to take the lead 4-3.
That was later followed up by a double from Chance Butler to get the champions an extra cushion.
“It’s kind of murderer’s row in reverse. Our one, two, three and four (spots in the line up) have all hit home runs,” Adams said. “I have faith in them all. Our younger kids stepped up and put the ball in play when they had to.”
But Greenwood Meadows answered in the top of the third with four runs as Brayden Pike scored on an error and Hazzen Beegle scored on a stolen base.
The game was put away for good in the bottom half of the stanza as Brady Brazile belted a three-run shot to straight away center field.
Greenwood Meadows has been through a lot this season following the passing of its manager, Gene Himes, this spring from cancer.
“I just want to recognize my coaching staff, our amazing kids,” Chris Pike said. “Our kids have been through a lot this year with the passing of our manager Geno. They wanted to make this season for Geno and make him proud. I know they did that.”
After now coaching in this event for 22 years, including with his son Josh, Adams is appreciative to still be a part of this event every year.
“We’re one big family,” he said. “There’s players here that have played for me in the last 20 years that are on the field right now. They come, they’re here to support us.”
Earlier in the night, Holsinger Plumbing of the Altoona Area Baseball Association won the third-place game over Bellwood Eagles, 9-4. Carter McConnell went four innings while striking out seven. Dane Lechner and Lucas Farabaugh added one home run each and had two and four RBIs, respectively.
Long and Stroup were named Co-MVPs of the tournament, and Brayden Pike won the sportsmanship award. Jace McCall of Williamsburg entry Zmac and Bentley Mellott of East End’s Sheetz finished tied for the most home runs in the tournament.
GREENWOOD MEADOWS (7): D. Picciotti c-p-3b 321, McGinnis 2b 310, D. Pike ss 321 Beegle 1b 221, Lynch p-c 300, N. Picciotti cr 000, Keener 3b-lf 300, C. Pike rf 200, Lohsl cf 300, Swander 1b 100, Meloy lf-p 100
DEAN PATTERSON (9): Brazile cf 321, Stroup p-ss 421, Keith c 321, Long 1b-p 312, Butler ss-3b 401, Beers 2b 300, McNellis 3b-1b 110, Swanger lf 100, Koehle lf 201, Carruthers rf 210. Totals: 26-9-7.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Greenwood Meadows 304 000 – 7 3 2
Dean Patterson 324 00X – 9 7 3
2B – Long, Stroup. HR – Keith, Long, Brazile. RBI – Brazile 3, Keith 2, Long 2, Butler.
GREENWOOD MEADOWS: Lynch, 2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO; D. Picciotti 1 IP, 1 H 3, R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO; Meloy 2 IP 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO.
DEAN PATTERSON: Stroup, 4 IP, 3 H, 7 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 8 SO; Long 1 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 2 BB, 3 SO.
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