CAMDEN -- After a string of scoreless frames in the middle innings, Brooklawn’s offense finally woke up after Northampton (Pa.) had survived a few previous scares in the early half of the game at Campbell's Field.
It was by no means an ideal situation for Brooklawn as it arrived at the ballpark Monday needing to win back-to-back games to win the American Legion Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament, but the reigning national champions proved exactly why they are still one of the best teams in the country with their backs up against the wall as they topped the Pennsylvania club, 6-0.
“It’s a great feeling when you come through like that as a team,” said starting pitcher Pete Farlow.
Brooklawn, which is seeking its fourth straight regional title, fired back in the seventh with some offensive power to provide a few much-needed insurance runs.
Tre Todd started the inning off with a single, which was followed by an Anthony Harrold double that saw Todd score all the way from first. A few batters later, Ray Taylor delivered the knockout blow with a triple in the right field gap to score Harrold. Phil Dickinson continued the barrage following a pitching change with an RBI single up the middle. Then John Malatesta's sacrifice fly finished off the four-run inning.
Leading the charge for the Brookers in the opener against Northampton (PA) was Farlow, who excelled on both the mound and at the plate to propel the home side.
“I felt it in the pen that I was going to be living in the strike zone,” said Farlow. “I was just trying to get ahead of them. They were free-swingers so if you get ahead of them, it’s easier to work.”
The right-hander went seven scoreless innings, striking out six batters along the way and scattering three hits. At the plate, he went 4-4 with two RBIs. He also advanced on a catcher’s interference
“I felt great on the mound,” said Farlow. “That was my first start in about two-three weeks and at the plate, that was my first time at this regional that I hit. It’s a great feeling when you’re doing that and producing at the mound.”
The scoring was kicked off in the second inning when Farlow singled, knocking in Harrold. Two innings later, Farlow once again singled, this time scoring Eric Schorr.
The game took an ugly turn in the top of the eighth inning after a hard slide at second base took out Brooklawn shortstop Phil Dickinson. Brooklawn’s head coach Dennis Barth and his assistant coaches were not happy about the slide and took to the field. This led to a brief “half-bench clearing” confrontation. The umpires were able to separate the sides, but not before the fans started getting into verbal exchanges with each other and even a Northampton player. Play resumed about 10 minutes later.
First pitch in the Mid-Atlantic Region title game between Brooklawn and Cecil County, Md., is scheduled for 4:15.
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