Willamantic Ct.~ J.Coppo; The 18U Ravens, behind a complete game extra inning gutsy pitching performance by Ravens pitcher Anthony Sylvester and timely hitting by Zach Lippert and Hudsen Hagland lifted the Ravens past host Dream Bat Bombers 4-1 in the Dream Bat Tournament.
The Ravens trailed 1-0 entering the 7th and only mustered two hits off the host team before Hagland reached on a single and scored on a Lippert fly ball to right centerfield knotting the game at 1-1. The tall right hander Sylvester was in control as he held the DB Bombers to 4 hits on the night. In the extra frames, both teams battled in the eighth, putting runners on, but it was crafty leather on both sides that prevailed.
In the top of the 9th Hagland ripped his second hit of the night, Steven Hall reached on a bloop hit to center before Cameron Casper dropped a perfectly executed bunt that set the Ravens Express into motion. With the bases loaded, 2nd baseman Cam Riley popped an infield fly in shallow right field.
The Bombers, confused, attempted to throw to an un expecting 3rd baseman in an attempt to catch a leaning Ravens baserunner, allowed the ball to roll into the Ravens dugout. The miscue put the Ravens up 3-1, before Lippert belted a line drive to left putting the Ravens up 4-1.
Sylvester got brillant defense in the bottom of the frame as Tyler Coppo, Cam Riley and Tanner Putnam all reeled in balls to preserve the extra inning Ravens rally and send them to the championship game at 4:00 at Eastern Connecticut State University. Matt Tierny displayed flawless defense snagging several line drives and turning two double plays.
The Ravens, 2-0 moved to the championship round as the #1 seed because they allowed only 2 runs and scored 13. They’ll await the winner of the 11:00am semifinal contest.