Chili upends Albion U15 in playoff semifinal

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 July 2019 at 8:14 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion catcher Caden Uderitz tries to get the tag on a Chili runner at home during Tuesday’s semifinal game at Barre Park won by Chili.

Coming from behind twice, Chili upended the Albion U15 baseball squad 10-9 in the semifinal round of the Brockport  Pony League playoffs Tuesday evening at Barre Town Park.

Albion did jump out to an early 6-0 advantage by scoring three quick runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Caleb Fox, a wild pitch and a fielders choice play off the bat of Caden Uderitz and three times in the third on an RBI single by Chris Sacco, a fielders choice play off the bat of  Fox and an error.

However, Chili came battling back to knot the contest by scoring 6 times in the top of the fourth inning on the combination of 4 walks, 2 hits, a wild pitch and a hit batter.

Albion did regain an 8-6 lead by scoring once in the home half of the fourth on a fielders choice play off the bat of Pom Siebert and once in the fifth on a wild pitch but could not hold the advantage.

Chili again came rallying back this time with what proved to be a decisive 4 run sixth inning uprising on a combination of 3 singles, 3 errors and a hit batter to regain the lead for good at 10-8.

Albion did mount a last ditch rally in the bottom of the sixth scoring once on a single by Bryce Wilson, a walk and a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 10-9. However, the potential tying and winning runs were left stranded at second and third as Chili closed out the win on a pair of strikeouts and an infield line out.

Albion finishes the season at 11-2 while Chili advances to the playoff title game against the winner of the Hamlin vs. Spencerport Gold semifinal.

Albion’s Jack Ludwig, who had two hits, beats the throw to home to score.