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Braves Streak into Berks Youth League Title Game
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Upper Perk's Youth Legion team rolled into the championship round of the Berks Area Youth Legion League playoffs with a dominant performance over

Benjamin Godshall slides safely into second base during Upper

Perk's 9-1 victory over Fleetwood in the Berks Area Youth 

Leagur playoffs on Sunday.

Shillington on Monday. A victory in Thursday's title game would clinch a spot in a regional tournament, which begins July 22.

            The Braves, seeded No. 2, will either host West Lawn or travel to top-seeded Boyertown. They are seeking their initial Berks League title and first overall league title since 2013.  "Winning a league championship would be incredible," Manager Rick Rossiter said.

            Depending on the outcome of Wednesday's game between the Owls and Bear-Cubs, Upper Perk could have already clinched a regional berth before a pitch is thrown today. A victory by Boyertown, who has already qualified the league's regular season champion, would allow the team to advance.

            On Monday, the Braves (23-5-1 overall) used a dominant offense to capture its most important victory to date. It utilized a 14-run rally in the third inning to defeat Shillington 18-1 in the tournament's winners' bracket final and advance to the championship round.

            Rossiter called it the team's biggest win of the season. He said the squad displayed an unusual seriousness.  "We came out tonight with an intensity the team has not had in a while," the manager said. "It was a different feeling."

            Upper Perk finished with 14 hits, 12 of which came during the decisive third inning off Shillington ace Ethan Grim as well as two relievers. The team sent 19 hitters to the plate, taking advantage of four Shillington errors and a wild pitch on a strikeout. Rossiter called it their most productive inning of the inning by a long shot.

            The Braves' initial 11 hitters reached base safely. Eight drove in runs during the rally.

            Cole Pierce registered a two-run single. Evan Sands and Brody Weiss each chased home two runs.

            Kyle Mazzie, who finished with two hits and scored twice, received three at-bats during the inning. Brayden Adam and Cole Pierce finished with two hits. Owen Williams, Weiss, Jack Schramm, Connor Gehmam and Zane Saeger each scored two runs.

            Schramm finished with three RBIs, including a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning to open the scoring. Brandon Godshall scored four runs, while Williams added three runs.

            On the mound, Mazzie was dominant. He allowed the Red Sox just a fourth-inning run while registering seven strikeouts to earn the mound victory and help his team advance to the championship round.

            The following day, Upper Perk lost 3-2 to Boyertown, snapping a seven-game winning streak. Mazzie finished with two hits, scored two runs and stole three bases.

            The host Bear-Cubs rallied from a 2-0 deficit to avoid elimination. They scored once in the bottom of the fourth and twice in the fifth at Lee Mecherly Field in Gablesville.

            The Braves opened the league playoffs with a 9-1 victory over Fleetwood on Saturday, July 9. Ryan Sink dominated on the mound, allowing just three hits and one unearned run through six innings.

            Sink issued just one walk and struck out seven to post the mound win. Benjamin Godshall worked a scoreless seventh inning.

            Williams delivered three hits and scored two runs for the Braves, who posted five runs in the bottom of the first inning to take command. The leadoff hitter also stole two bases.

            Adam delivered two hits, two RBIs and scored twice for Upper Perk, which added a single run in the fourth inning and added three more in the fifth. Kyle Mazzie scored two runs and stole three bases.

            The Braves relied on a huge first-inning rally to coast to a 10-0 victory in six innings over Fleetwood on Sunday, July 10. They scored six runs on six hits. Sands, Sink and Schramm each delivered run-scoring singles.
            With three hits each, Sink and Saeger accounted for half of their 12 hits. Sands registered two hits and scored twice.
            Schramm allowed just two hits in five innings of work. He issued two walks. Brandon Godshall worked the sixth inning.






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