Utica, Tri-County Battle For District 10 Little League Championship Friday Night
Update: After a thriller in their second meeting, Utica and Tri-County exchanged leads five times in the District 10 Championship on Friday night.
After an incredible finish to Thursday night's matchup between the last two teams remaining in the District 10 Little League tournament, they're set to square-off one more time tonight for the title.
Utica and Tri-County (10-11-12) Little League will meet for a third and final time in the double-elimination tournament. The only loss for each of the two teams has come against the other.
Early on in the District 10 tournament, Tri-County sent Utica to the loser's bracket and then cruised from there without a defeat. Utica went on to win the loser's bracket and entered Thursday's meeting with it's back against the wall, having to beat Tri-County twice to claim the championship.
Utica got that first 'W' on Thursday after overcoming a stunning rally from Tri-County.
Having built a 13-2 lead by the fourth-inning, Utica was just one out away from ending the game under the 10-run mercy rule. But, Tri-County refused to go quietly, helped by a two-out, bases clearing double that made the score 13-5. Utica added a run in the bottom of the fourth - then things got very interesting.
Tri-County would rally all the way back, posting a 9-spot in top of the fifth-inning, and tying the game at 14-all. Utica was able to weather the storm and refocus, scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth and finally shutting down Tri-County's offense in the top of the sixth to snag the victory.
Thursday Box Score
- 1 2 3 4 5 6 FINAL
- Tri-County 0 1 0 4 9 0 - 14
- Utica 1 9 3 1 2 x - 16
Friday night's District 10 Championship begins at 6:00 p.m. at the New Hartford Little League Field (Bonnie Lane).
The winner advances to play the winner of District 37 (Northern New York).