Murrysville ends run at Youth Legion state tournament

August 4, 2018

The Murrysville Youth Legion baseball team fell one win short of the state tournament championship game.

The Eagles were edged by undefeated West Lawn, 7-6, on Tuesday afternoon. It was their second loss in the double-elimination format.

“The team really came together and clicked,” Murrysville coach Chas Brncic said. “They showed they really belonged at the state tournament. Their confidence level really grew. A lot of the guys contributed to this run. They played for each other. We were a tough out.”

Murrysville concluded its season 22-10. It was 8-6 in three playoff rounds, including 2-2 at states.

The Eagles won two in a row -- a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over JP Mascaro on Sunday and a 4-2 triumph over Northampton on Monday -- after a loss to state finalist Spring City in their opener.

West Lawn (4-0) will face Spring City (3-1) in the finals Wednesday.

“We squandered that first game and easily could’ve rolled over, but the team fought back,” Brncic said. “They were disappointed they didn’t win the (state) title. As they say, the further you go, the more it hurts. A lot of the teams didn’t know who we were before we got there, but they know now.”

Murrysville led West Lawn, 2-0, after one inning and 6-5 after three. West Lawn rallied for a run in the bottom of the fourth and another one in the bottom of the fifth to secure the victory.

Each team collected nine hits, and West Lawn overcame five errors.

Connor Helm knocked in three runs to lead Murrysville including both runs in the first, and Jeffrey Downs II and John White each produced a team-best two hits.

“West Lawn had one more quality at-bat and made one more play,” Brncic said. “It was such a close game. West Lawn had 30-plus wins.”

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