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July 15. 2013 1:08AM

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ARCHBALD — No matter how much time a coaching staff is with its team, there can be something that surprises.

That was a good thing for Back Mountain American on Sunday in an elimination game in the Section 5 Little League Major Baseball tournament.

After being retired on three pitches in the second inning, American strung together nine consecutive hits in the third as it went on to defeat Archbald 13-2 in five innings at the Archbald Little League.

“I’ve been around these guys going on five years,” American manager Jeff Doggett said. “I have a hard time knowing what I’m going to get. All I know is that they try not to get down on themselves and try to stay level.”

District 31 champion American will move to the elimination finals, playing D16 champion Plains at 6 p.m. today at the Archbald complex. D32 champ Archbald was ousted with its second loss.

The second inning was anomaly for American, which was coming off a four-homer performance in an 11-9 loss to North Pocono on Saturday. The inning’s only three batters swung at the first pitch, leading to groundouts.

The third started innocently enough, with Derek Answini bunting for a single. Eight batters later and American was still connecting all the way to a nine-run inning.

Michael Luksic, Michael Anderson and Mason Gattuso each had RBI singles in the spree. Michael Doggett knocked in two with a single. Dalton Simpson broke up the singles parade with a two-run double. Ethan Zawatski, Michael Collins and Darren Kerdesky also had singles.

All told, American sent 12 batters to the plate.

“They just got dialed in,” Jeff Doggett said. “I was grateful to score so many runs early because it helped us kind of nurse our pitching a little bit. We have everybody (to pitch today).”

American used six pitchers to keep each of them under the allowable pitch count to make them available for today. Luksic, the second pitcher, got the victory by pitching 1.2 innings. He gave up the only runs on Dixon Black’s two-run homer in the third.

The cut-and-paste staff, though, kept Archbald off the board the rest of the way. American then ended the game an inning short with four runs in the fifth. Kerdesky had an RBI single in the inning and Zawatski knocked home another with a sacrifice fly. Two runs also scored on wild pitches.

“Our center fielder (Anderson), he’s probably our best pitcher,” Doggett said. “He threw 20 pitches and got one out. You don’t have time to feel it, but those are the nature of the rules when you have to play five games in five days.”

Five games if American defeats Plains today and then beats undefeated North Pocono on Tuesday and Wednesday. A loss anywhere ends its season.

Back Mtn. Amer.`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR

Michael Luksic rf`3`2`1`1`0`0`0

Ethan Zawatski 3b`2`1`1`1`0`0`0

Michael Anderson cf`2`1`1`1`0`0`0

Michael Doggett c`3`1`1`2`0`0`0

Dalton Simpson 1b`3`1`1`2`1`0`0`0

Michael Collins ss`3`2`1`0`0`0`0

Mark Roginski lf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Mason Gattuso rf`1`1`1`1`0`0`0

Derek Answini 2b`2`2`1`0`0`0`0

John Betzko lf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Darren Kerdesky p`3`2`2`0`0`0`0



Kyle Davies cf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Mario Rotell ss`3`1`1`0`1`0`0

Dixon Black 2b`2`1`2`2`1`0`1

Dylan Howanitz p`2`0`1`0`0`0`0

Tyler Fofi 1b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Paul Chorba 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Grayson Schermerhorn c`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Tony Carmandella ph`1`0`1`0`0`0`0

Nick Tomassoni rf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kevin Duffy rf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Jake Brunetti rf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Aaron Harrison lf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Joel DeCarli lf`1`0`1`0`0`0`0


Back Mtn. American`009`04 — 13

Archbald`002`00 — 2

Back Mtn. Amer.`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Luskic (W)`1.2`4`2`2`0`1





Howanitz (L)`2.0`8`8`7`0`1


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