Surviving final-inning rallies is becoming a habit for the Ridgway minor league baseball all-stars.
One more victory will equal a District 10 North Division championship.
Ridgway survived a furious 6-run rally from Bradford in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 9-7 victory Friday night at the Ridgway Little League fields along Grant Road.
Ridgway will play the winner of the Warren Americans/Bradford game on Tuesday at 6 p.m. with the site to be determined.
The Warren Americans won 12-2 in four innings over the Warren Nationals. The Warren Americans play Bradford at 2 p.m. Sunday at Callahan Park in Bradford.
Ridgway had a similar game on Monday as the Warren Americans scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth but could not complete the comeback in a 12-10 win.
Ridgway led 9-1 entering Bradford's half of the sixth inning but Bradford's patience at the plate paid off as third baseman Peyton Manion walked and right fielder Cameron Magee hit a single. Center fielder Derek Sonafrank walked to load the bases and Hunter Fox also took a walk which brought Manion around. Pitcher Trent Windsor also walked which scored Magee and made the margin 9-3.
Shortstop Cole Sebastian roped a 2-run single which scored Sonafrank and Fox and pushed the lead to 9-5. Ridgway pitcher Matthew Dush then struck out the next two hitters before Colby Keane hit a 2-run single of his own which scored Windsor and Sebastian, pushing Bradford to within two runs at 9-7. After Manion walked, Ridgway won the game on a 6-4 forceout at second base to end the game and advance Ridgway on in the tournament.
The game remained scoreless until the fourth inning when Ridgway's bat put together four straight singles. Shortstop Zack Zameroski opened the inning with a single and left fielder Jake Wickett added a single of his own which moved Zameroski to third. Catcher Greg Simon singled down the third base line which plated Zameroski for the game's first run. First baseman Paul Gresco singled home Wickett for a 2-0 Ridgway lead. After a strikeout, third baseman Deven Papa would hit into a 6-3 groundout but notch an RBI as Simon crossed home plate on the play for a 3-0 Ridgway lead.
Ridgway added to the lead with another 3-run inning in the fifth. Robert Briggs reached base on a Bradford error. Briggs then stole second and went to third on a poor throw at second base. Briggs scored on a Dush single to increase the Ridgway lead to 4-0. After a flyout, Wickett reached on another Bradford error which pushed Dush across the plate for Ridgway's fifth run. Simon kept the inning moving with a single. Second baseman Jack Cowan would single to right field which would plate Wickett and put Ridgway in a good position, up 6-0 heading to the bottom of the fifth inning.
Bradford would add a single run in the bottom of the fifth.
Ridgway scored a trio of runs for the third consecutive inning in the sixth. Hayden Yeager led off with a single and Dan Ouellette followed with a base hit of his own. Dush then doubled to right which would score Yeager. Wickett ripped a 2-run single to score Dush and Ouellette which put Ridgway up 9-1.
Yeager had a strong pitching performance as he allowed one hit in three scoreless innings. He walked three and struck out five. Yeager worked his way out of a jam in the bottom of the third inning. Sonafrank walked to lead off the inning but Yeager bounced back with two straight strikeouts. Sebastian and Bradford second baseman Tyler Gigliotti walked to load the bases with two out. On a 3-2 pitch, Yeager was able to get enough of a ball hit back at him to throw to first for the third out and keep the game scoreless.
Yeager left the game in the fourth due to a high pitch count and Wickett picked up where he left off as he threw 2-plus innings with three strikeouts and two walks. Dush picked up the save as he struck out three hitters in the sixth inning for Ridgway.
Windsor had five strikeouts in three innings as Bradford's starting pitcher and he did not walk a Ridgway batter. Gigliotti struck out four as he pitched the final three innings.