KSU Thunder wins Little League tourney

Courtesy Photo The Kennett Square-Unionville Thunder U-11 baseball team.

By: Jefferson Mott

The Kennett Square-Unionville Thunder U-11 baseball team last week won the 17th Annual Newtown-Edgemont Little League (NELL) Tournament Championship against the home team, Newtown-Edgemont by a 10-3 score. T

he Thunder went into the game with a 4-0 record, which included two perfect games that were won due to the 10-run mercy rule. Before the game, Head Coach Jeff Gentilotti understatedly told his players Weve won four out of four, so lets continue that momentum and go home with some hardware!

Starting pitcher Ethan Sarosi served as the Thunders workhorse, as he was pitching in his third game of the tournament in the championship. Sarosi also pitched one of the teams earlier perfect games. As he began to tire against NELL, he gave up three runs in the fourth inning before Richie Kline closed out the game with a perfect last three innings.

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Centerfielder/shortstop Zach Lindner had the biggest impact game on the games scoring as he accounted for four of the seven runs the Thunder scored in the third inning to put the game away. Describing what his teammates called an inside the park, grand slam, Lindner said, Before the at-bat, I thought how cool it would be to hit it out. But after I hit it, the left fielder bobbled the ball, Sam Gentilotti had a collision at the plate, and I just ran as fast as I could!

Rightfielder Michael Walter-Dillon had a outstanding game as well. He went three-for-three with three RBI. He set the tone for the game by recording a double play in the first inning with NELL players on 2nd and 3rd base. After making a catch for the 1st out, Walter-Dillon made a sensational throw to catcher Garrett Pinkston, who tagged out the runner at the plate. Walter-Dillon also made a running catch to end the game. He attributed his big game to the brand new pair of cleats he bought that morning.

The KSU Thunder team is made up of players from the KAU Little League and all are members of the Leagues District All-Star Teams.