Fresh off its District 23 championship, the Octorara Little League Junior Division team advanced to the Pennsylvania Section 7 tournament last weekend at the Solanco Little League Complex. After opening with an 11-0 pasting of RAPOE, Octorara dropped to the consolation bracket following a heartbreaking 7-6 loss to Westside, and were eliminated by Red Land, falling 6-2.Octorara took advantage of seven walks and a whopping eight errors committed by RAPOE fielders en route to the blow-out opening round win. Danny Solomon doubled for the winners, while Domenick Lubrano chipped-in with a pair of singles and two runs scored. J. R. McArdle also had a pair of hits, with Mitch King registering the last base hit for Octorara.
Up next came a tough team from West Chester, Westside. Octorara struck first, when Solomon reached on a fielder's choice, swiped second, and came around to score on a West-side error. But Westside came right back, plating three runs on a Joe Dingfelder home run over the right-centerfield fence, and tacking on another via a passed ball.
Chuck Rossiter-DeJesse and Anthony DiNorscia led off the second with back-to-back doubles to cut the lead to 4-2, then made it a one-run game in the third when McArdle singled up the middle to score Solomon.
Still down 4-3 in the fifth, Octorara grabbed its first lead on consecutive doubles from Lubrano and Solomon, and an RBI from McArdle. The lead was short-lived, however, as Dingfelder got a hit for the second time in the game, this time a two-run homer, and Westside was up 6-5.
With two outs and runners on first and third in the sixth, Solomon came through with an RBI double to score Patrick McHenry to tie the game once again, but Westside answered back with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning, and worked out of a bases loaded jam with a force at second to put the game away.
A four-run fourth inning by Red Land doomed Octorara in the elimination game, with Red Land ultimately keeping its hopes alive with a 6-2 victory. Doug Fisher had two-hits for Octorara in the loss.
Westside took home the Section 7 title, scoring two runs with a clutch, one-out, bases-loaded double the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Red Land 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.