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Becahi wins LV Connie Mack title Becahi wins LV Connie Mack title

Becahi wins LV Connie Mack title

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by Scott Pagel spagel@tnonline.com in Sports

If there’s one thing Becahi showed in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack playoffs, it’s that it can play any style of baseball.

Pitching, defense and offense were the focus in Becahi’s three playoff victories, leading them to the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack title after finishing third in the standings this season.

“This week really showed the character of this team and their willingness to not be denied this championship,” head coach Jack Daddona said. “This is a very talented bunch of kids at Becahi and they wanted to prove to the Lehigh Valley that they are ready to compete come spring.”

In the team’s first playoff game, the Hawks knocked off Emmaus 1-0 on excellent pitching by Jaden Weida. Weida was actually pitching against his former Hornet teammates, and allowed only three hits while striking out 11. Joe Peacock had the RBI single in the second inning, which proved to be the only offense.

Next up was Northern Valley and Becahi won that game 2-1 in eight innings. Robert Church pitched five frames giving up one run with Anthony Indelicato holding them scoreless for the final three innings.

“This was our best defensive game of the season,” Daddona said, pointing to Kris Morrow at second and Grant Hershman at short who led the way.

Catcher Dalton Daddona was 3-for-3 in throwing out runners attempting to steal second in this game.

On offense, Peacock was at it again, and ended the game in bottom of the eighth with a walk-off double for the victory.

After winning two, close, low-scoring games, who would have expected a total of 15 runs in the finals against Northampton. Becahi would win this slugfest, again needing eight innings before capturing the title in walk-off fashion, 8-7.

In fact, the Hawks trailed 7-2 heading to the bottom of the sixth inning. But, Becahi would begin to rally.

The team scored three runs on consecutive hits: a triple by Stefan Rollins, a double by Indelicato and double by Church, which cut the deficit to 7-5 heading into the seventh.

After holding the Kids scoreless, the Hawks were down to the final chance. With runners on second and third and one out, Caden Giordano hit a clutch, two-run double to tie the game at 7-7 and force extra innings.

Weida continued his superb pitching giving up one run over six innings and holding the Kids scoreless in top of eighth.

In the bottom of eighth, Church led off with a single. Matt Martinez ripped a single setting up runners on second and third with one out.

Weida was intentionally walked to load the bases setting up another opportunity for Peacock’s heroics. He didn’t miss, launching a long sacrifice fly to center to end the game.

Kris Morrow was 4-for-5 in a game that saw Becahi collect 17 hits.