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Last updated: July 14. 2014 12:11AM - 1488 Views
By - jerzar@civitasmedia.com



Nanticoke's Jake Krupinski bats in the fifth inning of Sunday night's Section 5 Little League Major Baseball game. Dunmore won 7-6.
Nanticoke's Jake Krupinski bats in the fifth inning of Sunday night's Section 5 Little League Major Baseball game. Dunmore won 7-6.
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NANTICOKE — Nanticoke’s late-night rally in the sixth inning fell just short as Dunmore held on for a 7-6 victory Sunday in a Section 5 Little League Major Baseball elimination game.


Dunmore will play Archbald at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Nanticoke in the elimination bracket final. The winner plays unbeaten Back Mountain American at 7 p.m. Tuesday, also at Nanticoke.


The game was delayed over two hours because of heavy rain and resumed at 10:45 p.m. with Dunmore leading 3-2 in the fourth inning. The final out was recorded at 11:33 p.m.


Dunmore used a two-run double by Jake McNeff to take a 7-5 lead into the top of the sixth.


Nanticoke’s Colby Butczynski opened the sixth with an infield single. Jared Piontkowski then hit a low liner to right and a bad hop allowed Butczynski to score from first to move Nanticoke within 7-6. After an out, Jeremy Grudzinski hit an infield single to short, but Piontkowski couldn’t move up from second base.


Both runners managed to get to second and third on a wild-pitch third strike before the game ended with a flyout to center field.


Nanticoke scored three times in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. Jake Krupinski tied the score 3-3 with an RBI single. Dylan Szychowski followed with a single, and he and Krupinski scored when Austin Norton doubled off the center-field fence.


Dunmore, though, came back with four runs in the bottom of the frame. The first two scored when Ross Conrad looped a single just inside the right-field foul line. McNeff later hit a two-out double for a 7-5 lead.


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