Ilion and Little Falls to play for Mohawk Valley Babe Ruth League title
LITTLE FALLS – Ilion and Little Falls will meet on Monday to determine the Mohawk Valley Babe Ruth League Championship for 2021 after winning the league semifinals on Friday at Veterans Memorial Park.
Little Falls, the second seed, scored 11 points in the first inning of the first semi-final and defeated No. 3 Fort Plain 23-1 in five innings.
Fourth seed Ilion broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning and beat seed Frankfort 9-1 in the nightcap.
The championship game is scheduled for a first pitch Monday at 7:30 p.m.
Ilion took a 1-0 lead early in the first set of their match and Frankfort tied the score in the third. Left-handed pitchers Dylan Meszler of Ilion and Angelo DeSarro of Frankfort clashed in the first four innings, with Meszler enlisting the help of his defense to preserve the tie in the fourth. Frankfort started the fourth with a single and a stolen base. Ilion Landon LaFountain’s shortstop made a jump grab on a line behind second base, snow tapered the ball to the end of his glove strap for the first out, then flipped over at second base for complete a double play with the runner broken for third when the ball was touched.
A pair of two-out walks loaded the goals in the start of the fifth and Ilion took the lead with a run over wild ground. Luca Skinner then picked center and brought the other two runners home for a 4-1 lead.
Ilion added a run in the sixth and scored four in the seventh. LaFountain replaced Meszler on the mound with a late seventh putout and struck out the last two Frankfort hitters on strikes with runners in the first and second.
Skinner had doubled with two strikeouts in the first inning, taken third on wild ground and scored the game’s first point on a knockdown.
Thomas Service led in the Frankfort race with his third run single. DeSarro scored the point.
Wyatt Beadle shut out Fort Plain until the fourth inning of Game 1. Two Little Falls players had four hits, two scored four runs and one had four RBIs.
Jon Rathbun is a sports writer for the Time telegram. For unlimited access to his stories, please subscribe or activate your digital account today. Email Jon at [email protected].