13s rally past Valparaiso for finals berth
By Mark Smith email@example.com July 24, 2012 1:36PM
Lowell's Brett Skorka delivers the pitch during a little league all stars game against Valparaiso on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Lowell. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Little League (13s) Playoff Series
Litle League (13s) Little League
7-19 (Th) Valparaiso 15, LOWELL 9
7-20 (F) LOWELL 14, Valparaiso 5
7-20 (F) LOWELL 11, Val;paraios 9
LOWELL (0-1) 5010012 === 9-10-8
VALPARTAISO (3-0) 231063 === 15-11-6
88 degrees, at CreekSide Little League - Lowell
WP - Brad Raferty (1-0) 2K, 3 walks- 91 pithces- 5.3 inn.)
(starter) Valpo) Jeremy Rissetter (Valpo) 1k, 2 walk ( 1 inn.)
LP - Taylor Zea (0-1) 5K, 3 walks (4 inn.)
Hunter Gereg (LF) 2-for-4, walk, 2 stolen bases
Brett Skorka (SS) 0-for-4, walk
Trevor Espravnik (CF) 1-for-3 walk
Corey Kijurna (3B) 2-for-3, walk
Taylor Zea (P) 1-for-4, 2 stolen bases
Matteo Cox (1B) 1-for-3, walk
Lucas Fontanez (2B) 0-for-3, walk
Avery Hays (RF) 2-for-4, double
Cameron Chapman (C) 1-for-4
Sean Miller (CF) 1-for-5, RBI
Brad Raferty (2B0 0-for-4, walk
Eric Klobucar *(1B) 0-for-4, RBI
Michaek Mann (C) 1-for-4
Brandon Wachowksi (3B) 2-for-4, 3 stolen bases
Aaaron Harris (SS) 1-dor-4
Jeremy Rissetter (P) 1-for-1 walk, 2 runs scored
Zack Moneta (LF) 2-for-2, double walk, 3 RBIs
Updated: July 24, 2012 1:36PM
LOWELL — Lowell’s 13-year-old Little League all-stars turned their fortunes around in a big way Friday, sweeping a double-header from Valparaiso 14-5 and 11-9 to win their sectional playoff series 2-games-to-1.
The Lowell 13s play this weekend at the Little League age-13 state finals at the Wabash Little League.
Lowell lost the opener 15-9, but its defense responded the next night to shock the visitors.
“We pretty much dominated them Friday,” said league president Scott Koczur, who is all smiles this week with Lowell having two teams (the 14s were at the state finals in Greenwood).
“It was a big turnaround.”
Lowells Taylor Zea, the losing pitcher on opening night, was the catcher Friday and he threw out three base runners to turn off the offense of the Valparaiso stars.
Lowell was scheduled for pool play games Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with the final set for Saturday afternoon.