May 5, 2013
ML PO Game 1

Patriot Construction   8
Plush Mills   5

Media, PA The fourth meeting of the season between Patriot Construction and Plush Mills turned out to be a nail biter in the end. Plush Mills, having won the first three games by a wide margin, fell to Patriot in the opening game of the 2013 Media Little League playoffs by a score of 8-5. Danny DiRita pitched a strong 4 innings striking out 4 and relinquishing only 6 hits all night. Andrew Pak closed out the game allowing only a hit to Kenny Jensen and striking out 3.

Danny Crossan and Dylan Bittle led the offense for Patriot. Crossan had 2 hits, scored a run, stole a base, and added 3 RBI. Bittle reached base all 4 times he was up to bat. He collected 2 hits, including a double and scored 4 runs. AJ Spallucci also added to the offense with 2 hits and a late sacrifice fly for the game winning RBI.

Patriot also played some great defense. A nice catch by Kyle Broadhurst in left field killed a bases loaded rally in the third inning but the defensive play of the game went to Zavier Alvarez-Burock in the sixth. With two men on and two outs Alvarez-Burock made a great diving catch down the right field line to preserve the much needed win.

Ryan Tolentino led the way for Plush Mills blasting a centerfield home run in the first inning. Kenny Jensen added two hits of his own while Evan Cummings, Charlie Andress, Tommy Bradley, and Evan Perks each added a hit to the cause.

Patriot Construction will now face the #1 seeded Campbell's Boathouse Thursday night while Plush Mills will face either Carman Insurance, Baker Printing, or Hagan's Funeral Home on Saturday.


Pitch Counts:
Patriot Construction:
     Dan DiRita 85
     Andrew Pak 33

Plush Mills:
     Charlie Andress 35
     Evan Perks 30
     Tommy Bradley 44