Harris Black, East Side advance to title gamePublished 10:08pm Monday, July 26, 2010
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By SCOTT NOVAK
Niles Daily Star
A pair of Indiana teams advanced to the championship game of the 8-year-old Ohio Valley Regional at Pepper Martin Park Monday night.
Top-seeded East Side defeated St. Johns 12-6, while Harris Black rallied in extra innings to defeat Crown Point Red 10-9.
Results of the championship game were unavailable at press time.
East Side built up a 12-0 advantage on St. John before it finally got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning.
East Side led 4-0 after one inning and 11-0 following a six-run third inning.
St. John scored four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to account for its scoring.
Tyler Deboe, Brady Gumpf and Cole Wheeler all scored two runs each for East Side.
Matt Ossanna tallied a pair of runs for St. John.
Crown Point took a 9-3 lead into the sixth inning of the second semifinal, but was unable to hang on to it.
Harris Black scored six runs in the inning, the last of which came home when Zack Pixley doubled off the Crown Point centerfielder’s glove.
After shutting down Crown Point in the top of the seventh, Harris got a lead-off single from Logan Small, who advanced to second when Dillon Pottschmidt was safe on a fielder’s choice play.
Perhaps the biggest play of the game came when Small tagged up and moved to third on a fly ball out by C.J. Kavadas.
When Luke Baker grounded out to the right side of the infield, Small raced home with the winning run.