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Whitestown to face Smith for District V American Legion championship

Posted 7/18/22

Whitestown Post was a win away from the 2022 District V American Legion baseball title going into Tuesday’s finale.

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Whitestown to face Smith for District V American Legion championship

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Whitestown Post was a win away from the 2022 District V American Legion baseball title going into Tuesday’s finale. The team swept through the winners’ bracket over the weekend to set up a rematch against Smith Post of Rome, which had to win two games Tuesday at Murnane Field in Utica to take the championship.

The final matchup was set for Monday in Utica but was rained out. Instead they’ll square off at 5:15 p.m. at DeLutis Field in Rome.

On Friday, Whitestown knocked Smith into the elimination bracket with a 6-0 win. Whitestown scored a run in the bottom of the fouth inning then added five in the sixth to seal the win.

The win gave head coach Paul Engelhart his 500th win in his 24-year career at the helm.

Caleb Miller improved to 5-0 in the season with the complete game victory. He allowed three hits and two walks, and struck out seven. He also had a triple and scored a run on offense.

Jack Lawless took the loss, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing six runs, five earned, on seven hits and four walks. He struck out three.

Whitestown’s Colin Skermont had a single and double, scored and drove in a run. Kody Czternastek singled, walked twice and drove in one. Jacob Collea had a hit and drove in two runs. Brian Zbytneiwski and Ty Montrose each had a hit, run and an RBI.

Jacob Premo, Marco Macri and Mike Flint each singled for Smith.

Meanwhile the day in the elimination bracket, Ilion Post knocked out Adrean Post with a 10-3 win and Utica Post eliminated New Hartford Post by winning 7-6.

Ilion scored seven runs in the bottom of the first to take a 7-1 lead. Matthew Prestopnik earned the win, allowing two runs, one of them earned, in 4 2/3 innings. He surrendered six hits and five walks while striking out four.

Alan Meszler singled, doubled and tripled for Ilion, with two runs and an RBI. Chase Regan had two hits, three RBIs and a run. Noah Carpenter had two hits and two runs scored. Jeff DeSarro had two hits, two runs and an RBI. Ayden Miner had two hits, a run and an RBI.

For Adrean, Derek Baur had a single and double with a pair of RBIs.

Details for the Utica-New Hartford were not available.

On Saturday, Whitestown eliminated Ilion with a 6-5 win.

Whitestown built a 4-0 lead with a pair of runs in the third and two more in the fourth. Ilion scored a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth trim the lead to 5-4.

Whitestown added a run in the sixth to push the lead to two runs. Ilion managed a run in the seventh but came up just short.

Zbytniewski earned the win, his first decision of the season. He went five innings and allowed an earned run on two hits and four walks with eight strikeouts. Skermont earned the save with an inning pitched. Skermont allowed an earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out the side.

Tanner Warren took the loss, going two innings and allowing four earned runs on eight hits.

Montrose had three hits and drove in two. Miller had two hits and two runs scored. Skermont had two hits, a run and an RBI. Zbytneiwski had two hits.

For Ilion, Meszler had two hits and an RBI. Hunter Smith tripled, scored and drove in two runs.

Smith Post eliminated Utica Post with a 19-9 win Saturday.

Flint singled and doubled for Smith, driving in three runs and scoring five times. Macri had a single and triple with three runs and an RBI. PJ Summa had two hits, two runs and two RBIs. Premo had two hits, two RBIs and three runs.

Kyle Williamson earned the win, going 4 2/3 innings. Pitching statistics for Smith were not available.

Statistics for Utica were not submitted.

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