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Centre 13s are Massachusetts bound; tops West End for Mid-Atlantic Championship title

By Kenny Varner

ALTOONA – Marching onto Massachusetts.

With a determined look in their eyes, the Centre County Babe Ruth 13-year old baseball team weren’t going to be denied a chance of a lifetime as they met up with West End in the Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional Friday night in Altoona.

Posting a 4-run inning in its first at bats, Centre County never looked back getting strong pitching and defensive play to take the title tilt 7-1.

With the win, the “Red and White” will be heading north to Massachusetts to compete in the Babe Ruth World Series.

Hurler Weston MCClain picked up the win while teammates Owen Johnson and Tyler Serb combined to hold West End to just one run in the contest.

Swinging a hot bat tonight was Braedyn Kormanic who went 3-for-4, with 2RBIs and a run.

Also picking up a 3-hit outing was McClain who helped his cause going 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

“This is an awesome feeling. I feel so happy for the kids. I couldn’t be more happier for them. They work hard. They’ve played together for a number of years and it’s finally paying off for them,” said Centre Manager Brian Burns. “I’m so proud of them.”

Total offensive output for Centre County was seven runs on nine hits en route to the victory.

For West End, Tyler Gee took the loss.

Despite being the second seed, West End played more like the underdog committing five errors on the afternoon which Centre County was able to make the most of.

In the first, Kahale Burns reaches base as he hustled out a Keystone miscue.

Jake Kosut also reached on an error, putting runners on first and second.

Cameron Watkins roped a single to left, loading the bases.

Kormanic put the first run in the board, smacking an RBI single.

Kaden Burns put his team up 2-0 as he bounced into a fielders choice that allowed everyone to move up and Kosut to score.

Serb followed with an RBI fielders choice of his own, allowing Watkins to hustle his way home.

McClain scored Kromanic moments later popping a sharp single into right, giving Centre the 4-0 advantage.

From there, Centre County kept West End off the boards despite scattering some hits.

West End got its first and only run in the bottom of the third when Makai Day scored on a Centre miscue, cutting it to 4-1.

But that would be the only bad mark on the night for Centre as its defense came up with the big plays when they needed to, frustrating the West End offense in the process.

Centre added another run in the first when Joey Sabol brought in McClain on yet another fielders choice.

As the game moved along to the seventh, Centre added two clutch insurance run as Kahale Burns and Watkins crosses the plate to put the game on ice.

Centre made quick work of West End in its final at bats and the celebration began!

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