WOODBURY – The Nationals defeated the Blue Jays 13-7 and advanced to the Woodbury Baseball & Softball Major League championship game Saturday at Hollow Park.
The Nationals will face the Rays, who beat the Orioles 16-6 on Friday to punch their ticket to the title game.
Major 5th-Inning Rally
Trailing 6-3 with two out in the top of the 5th inning, the Nationals rallied for nine runs and put the game out of reach.
Nick Higgins singled to bring in Aiden Cooper. Dylan Chung then homered to left center to tie the game, and Ben Stewart followed with his own homer to left to put the Nationals up 7-6.
Ryan Anderson then scored on an error and T.J. Brighthaup singled to bring home Aiden Barry. Brighthaup scored on a single by Austin Eccles-Docchio, and Eccles-Docchio went on to score on a passed ball. Rocco Collello scored the final run on the inning when he escaped a pick-off attempt and came home on a throwing error.
Gallery: Nationals 13, Blue Jays 7
The Nationals struck first in the top of the first inning. Chung reached first on an error and went on to score on an error.
But the Blue Jays came back with four runs in the bottom of the first. Brayden Altieri scored on fielder’s choice by Luke Cenatiempo. Brendan Toon singled to bring in Ryan Gilroy and John Snabiatib. Reece Davis plated Toon to give the Blue Jays a 4-1 lead.
The Nationals answered in the top of the second. Brighthaup scored on a single by Cooper to cut the Blue Jays lead to 4-2. But the Blue Jays added a run in the bottom of the second, when Altieri singled in Dylan Bambino.
Chung cut the Blue Jays lead to 5-3 in the top of the third, after he singled and scored on a passed ball. And the Blue Jays answered in the bottom of the third when Altieri walked in Owen Vinciguerra.
Both teams added a run in the sixth inning. Chung scored on a passed ball to cap the Nationals’ scoring. Bambino did the same to cap the Blue Jays’ scoring.
Chung and Stewart both had two hits for the Nationals, and Reece had two for the Blue Jays.
Bambino had four plate appearances as the Blue Jays’ leadoff hitter, and walked all four times.