Daniel Boone Jr. Legion Orioles take second in state regional tournament

The Daniel Boone junior legion baseball team poses as coach Rob Reddick, left, holds up the runner-up plaque after the final of the Pottstown Regional Wednesday at Sundstrom Field in Pottstown. Boone lost to Nether Providence 7-2 in 9 innings. (John Strickler/The Mercury)
Daniel Boone's Christian Decker (24) leaps to collect the throw as Nether Providence's Casey Rosier steals second base in the fourth inning of their Junior Legion playoff game at the Pottstown Regional Monday at Sundstrom Field. (John Strickler/The Mercury)

The Daniel Boone Jr. Legion Orioles made it all the way to the championship game of the state regional tournament in Pottstown. With a 7-2 loss to Nether Providence (a team the Orioles lost to earlier in the tournament), Boone was eliminated from the tournament, winning three games and losing two.

The Orioles completed their season with an overall record of 22-16.

In the opening round, Daniel Boone defeated J. P. Mascaro, 4-2.

In the second round, Daniel Boone scored seven runs in the top of the sixth inning to help the Orioles to a 10-5 win over Yardley.

Zach Brightbill paced the Daniel Boone offense with four hits, including a two-run triple. Sean Bologa had a hit and three RBIs, while Brady Hayes added a single and one RBI and Christian Decker added a double.

Ryan Okuniewski was the winning pitcher, tossing 1 1/3 innings of relief.

Next was a match-up with Nether Providence. Brightbill pitched a great game for the Orioles, but Nether Providences Billy Corcoran was a little better as Nether Providence won the game, 2-1.

Daniel Boone was not able to get a hit in the game until the seventh inning, when Brightbill knocked out a hit.

Nether Providence scored both its runs in the top of the fourth, while Boone cut the lead to one with a run in the fourth. Hayes reached second base on an error, and then scored on a sacrifice bunt by Victor Gonzalez.

The loss sent Daniel Boone to the losers bracket where the next loss would eliminate the Orioles. But a victory over Freemansburg advanced the Orioles to championship day.

There they took on Nether Providence once again. The game went into extra innings, but Nether Providence scored five runs in the top of the ninth to defeat Daniel Boone, 7-2.

Christian Dekker pitched seven strong innings for the Orioles, allowing just two runs on five hits while fanning four.

Ryan Okuniewski led the Oriole offense with a hit, one RBI and one run scored. A.J. Carr added a hit and one run scored while Sean Bologa chipped in with a double.

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