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Ryan Deom ends the inning with a double play as Garrett Wardle and the Plains All-Stars fall short against North Pocono in Sunday's winners bracket Little League sectional game in Archbald.
Ryan Deom ends the inning with a double play as Garrett Wardle and the Plains All-Stars fall short against North Pocono in Sunday's winners bracket Little League sectional game in Archbald.
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ARCHBALD — Two outs. No problem.

It was that third out … that incredibly elusive third out … that doomed Plains on Sunday in the Section 5 Little League Major Baseball winners bracket final.

North Pocono scored 10 of its runs with two outs, including six in the game-changing third inning, to defeat Plains 13-3 in five innings at the Archbald Little League.

District 16 champion Plains will play D31 champ Back Mountain American at 6 p.m. today at Archbald. The winner then must defeat undefeated D17 champ North Pocono twice — on Tuesday and Wednesday — to win the title.

“They are a pretty resilient group,” Plains manager Kyle Costello said. “We had some adversity from the beginnnig of the tournament when our best hitter (Tony Eigidio) broke his ankle the night before the tournament. They’ve bounced back pretty good from that and are playing hard.”

Plains was motoring along in the early innings, using an RBI single by Tanner Smith and a two-run single by T.J. Wozniak to take a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the third. Starting pitcher Carl Yastremski was also sailing along by retiring the first two North Pocono batters on groundouts to start the frame.

“We were there,” Costello said. “We were one out away of getting back in here ahead 3-0 and hitting again.”

Then everything began to crumble. An error on a grounder gave North Pocono only its second baserunner of the game. Shane Lamparter followed with a two-run homer to cut the deficit to 3-2. Jake Mastillo later added a three-run blast and North Pocono had doubled up Plains 6-3.

“The beginning of the game we struggled a little bit,” North Pocono manager Joe Walsh said, “but once they caught on it was homer heaven again. These guys are just great. They just keep fighting.”

Two-out problems hurt Plains again in the fourth. Mastillo hit a two-run shot as North Pocono scored four times with two outs for a 10-3 lead. Lamparter ended the game early with a three-run homer in the fifth — North Pocono’s eighth in the tournament.

Plains couldn’t get anything going over the final three innings. It was retired in order in the third and fifth by North Pocono starter Nate McClain, who pitched a complete game. Garrett Wardle did open the fourth with a single, but was erased on a double play.


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Plains`120`00 — 3

North Pocono`006`43 — 13


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