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Braves Rally to Qualify for Regional Tournament
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            After staving off elimination on Zach Mayza's walk-off single, the Upper Perk Kiwanis Jr. Legion team rallied to earn a berth in a Pennsylvania Youth Regional

Tyler Forrest slides safely into second base for the Upper Perk Braves, who 

will open play in a state regional tournament on Friday.

Tournament. The Braves (22-8) open play in the Jonestown regional, located in Lebanon County, at 9 a.m. Friday against Mt. Airy, the No. 2 seed from the Main Line League. The six-team tournament is scheduled to conclude Monday.

            Mayza's decisive single in the bottom of the eighth inning on July 6, which capped a three-run outburst and secured a 5-4 victory over Daniel Boone, kept the team alive in the Berks Area Youth League playoff tournament and provided a jolt of energy for its offense, according to manager Rick Rossiter.

            The following day, the Braves qualified for regionals with a 6-1 victory over Southern Area at Bonekemper Field. Kyle Mazzie went the distance on the mound, allowing one run on three hits. He struck out three and threw 17 first-pitch strikes.
            Tyler Forrest finished with two hits for the Braves, who jumped to a 5-0 lead on a four-run rally in the second inning. 
"The bats came back to life a little bit," Rossiter said. "We did a good job putting the ball in play."

            Upper Perk won its next game, 10-5, against Lower Macungie, the last remaining undefeated team in the tournament. Braden Rieg finished with two hits and three RBI for the team, which scored one run in the fourth to snap a 5-5 tie and added four runs in the bottom of the fifth on Friday. Brody Weiss drove in three runs.

            Isaac Bugman delivered two hits for the Braves, who finished with seven hits and committed three errors during the game, which started Thursday but was suspended due to heavy rain.

Forrest stole two bases against the Rangers, who went on to win the tournament title with a 5-1 victory over West Lawn on Monday. The team finished with five steals.

            Aidan Keyser went five innings to earn the victory. He struck out three hitters. Jack Schramm tossed the final two innings.

            On Saturday, the team was eliminated from the league playoffs in a 7-0 loss to West Lawn. Owen Geng registered six strikeouts in six shutout innings for the host Owls to earn the victory. Forrest delivered Upper Perk's only extra-base hit.

            "West Lawn's pitcher was pretty good," said Rossiter, whose team finished third.

            The Braves roster includes four players who competed in a regional tournament two years ago. According to Rossiter, the players need to not put too much pressure on themselves.
            "They love to have fun," he said. "They can play loose."

            According to Rossiter, Upper Perk has the pitching depth to excel in the new format, which includes two three-team pools and pitching limits based on pitch counts. He said the plan is to end-load the pitching staff during the initial three games.





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