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Cumbo, Offense Lead National In Battle Of Back Mountains

July 10, 2018

Cumbo, Offense Lead National In Battle Of Back Mountains

DURYEA — Little League defense doesn’t get much better than what Zach Paczewski did in an attempt to preserve Mike Cumbo’s perfect game. The shortstop for Back Mountain National, Paczewski made an amazing backhand stab at a ball hit between short and third base. All in one motion, Paczewski cleanly fielded the ball and threw a dart to first base. Safe. The bang-bang play didn’t go Back Mountain National’s way, but seemingly everything else did, as Cumbo struck out nine and allowed only that one hit in an 11-0, five-inning win against Back Mountain American in Monday’s District 31 majors baseball championship at Duryea Little League. “Actually, we didn’t know Mikey had such great command of his other pitches. We knew he threw a hard fastball,” said BMA manager Spencer Chesman, whose No. 3 hitter Evan Kaiser reached base in the fourth inning with his team’s only hit. “But he really devastated us with the curves and the change-ups. He kept everybody off-balance the whole day and we just couldn’t figure it out.” BMN broke the game open with a five-run fourth. J.J. Rischawy drew a bases-loaded walk and Mike Timinski followed with a two-run single. Rischawy and Timinski each came off the bench to deliver those plays. “We have 13 players on the team and I have confidence in 1 through 13,” said BMN manager Gary Peters. “We just don’t have a weak spot in our order. The kids play as a team. They’re selfless. They don’t worry about that. Hey, when it’s their time to do something, it’s their time.” Seven different players ended the day with RBIs for BMN, which advances to the Section 5 tournament. Jude Nocito got the scoring started in the top of the second Monday, when he reached on a liner that was dropped in left field. After advancing to second on a wild pitch and third on a passed ball, Nocito crossed the plate on a Kaden Coyne ground out. The five-run fourth — Rischawy’s walk scored Sam Barrouk; Timinski’s single scored Nocito and Coyne; Gavin Adamski’s grounder scored Rischawy; Paczewski’s sacrifice fly scored Timinski — gave BMN a 6-0 lead. While BMA finally ended the perfect game in the bottom of the fourth, BMN kept scoring with five more runs in the top of the fifth. BMN sent 20 batters to the plate in the fourth and fifth innings. The big hit in the fifth inning was Paczewski’s triple to the gap in right-center, which scored Alan Lisman, Joey Peters and Adamski. Paczewski went 1 for 3 with a triple, walk and four RBIs. Adamski, the leadoff hitter, had four productive at-bats with two singles, an RBI ground out and one time when he reached via error. While BMA had only one hit, its third baseman Alex Aiello made a fantastic catch in foul territory in the fifth, diving on his stomach and arms to come up with the grab. “Good bunch of kids,” Chesman said of his team. “They’re fighters. You heard them here — they were cheering each other on ’til the last out and we were down 11-0. Nobody put their head down. I’m very proud of them for that.” Contact the writer: mbufano@citizensvoice.com; 570-821-2060; @CVBufano on Twitter

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