Lou Gehrig 10U All-Stars advance to Sectionals
The Milford National Lou Gehrig Little League captured its third District IV title of the summer when the 10U All-Stars defeated Orange, 7-5, on Sunday.
Orange jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Brian Kiska RBI double off the top of the centerfield fence, plating Cam Delvecchio and Erek Leszczak.
Milford National would respond in the second when Zach Worzel led off with a homer to the trees in right, making it 2-1.
Milford National starter Declan Wywoda would find his groove, stranding runners on first and second, by retiring Delvecchio on a fly ball to center fielder Kasen Lanese and striking out Lesczak to thwart the rally.
Wywoda would help his cause with the bat in the third inning.
Brian Goglia and Ethan Long each delivered one-out walks and scored on Wywoda’s RBI double to the gap to give Milford National a 3-2 lead.
Milford National would tack on a run in the fourth when Gavin Kaminsky reached on a fielder’s choice and came around to score on Tim Swanson’s RBI double.
Orange cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the inning when Jack Lewis scored after a one-out walk.
Milford’s bats would come alive in the fifth, as Jake Stash laced a one-out double, Wywoda a single and Chase Bryant a walk to load the bases. Hunter Hoxie then stepped up and delivered a clutch two-run single extending the Milford lead to 7-3.
Orange would not go down quietly, scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth inning before Brian Goglia closed the door by stranding runners in scoring position by picking up his second strikeout in relief.
The undefeated Milford National team, managed by Rob Hanson, went 5-0 in pool play and was coming off an emotional win over Milford International in the quarterfinals and toppling North Haven in the semifinals to reach the championship game.
Milford National looks to continue its winning ways, as it heads into State Sectional play, where it will travel to North Branford to face Trumbull American on Wednesday and then Stamford National on Thursday.