Hempfield Legion Programs Have Similar Success In Region 7 Tournament

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The Hempfield East and West Hempfield American Legion baseball programs have something in common — they each own a Region 7 title.

For the second consecutive season, a team from the Westmoreland County District 31 American Legion League took home the top prize from the Region 7 tournament.

 

Last year, West Hempfield took home the title, and last Thursday at Latrobe, Hempfield East did the same.

Hempfield East (30-2) overcame a Day 2 loss to Bedford and came back to win four games for the title. Hempfield East knocked off Latrobe, 15-1; Somerset, 4-0; Marion Center, 9-8; and Somerset, 4-3.

Hempfield East used a run in the bottom of the 10th inning to defeat Somerset, 4-3, in the championship game played on the turf at Somerset after Legion officials were forced to move the game from Latrobe's Legion-Keener Field because the field was too wet after overnight thunderstorms.

hempfield 2Brad Appleby, who had three hits, including two doubles, smacked a double to open the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly.

It is the first time Hempfield East has qualified for the state tournament, which will began Tuesday at Boyertown.

Hempfield East came up big in the final four games. It defeated a Somerset team that averaged 16 runs in its first three games and held them to three runs in 19 innings.

Brandt Frye, the coach's son, and Marc Demilio limited Somerset to eight hits and one earned run in the championship game.

"Pitching was the key," Ron Frye said. "We kept their batters off balance, we played good defense and we got the timely hit."

Brandt Frye said the team gained confidence after winning the District 31 title.

"We were confident we'd do well in the region tournament," Brandt Frye said. "We felt we'd be up for the challenge. We were motivated after we lost to Bedford."

Hempfield East will try to better West Hempfield by winning one game in the state tournament. Hempfield East, however, dropped its first game of the tournament, falling 6-3 to Doylestown on Tuesday.

Cody Dalicandro hit a double and home run in the loss.

"This team has found a way to win all season," Ron Frye said. "We just need to shake the loss off and come back strong. They've done it all season."

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 724-853-2109.

Source - TRIB Live