West Seneca Post 735’s dramatic postseason run in the American Legion Baseball postseason ended Monday afternoon with a 9-6 loss to host Brooklawn, N.J. in the championship round of the Mid-Atlantic Regionals at Campbell’s Stadium in Camden, N.J.
Coach Pete Trzybinski’s team, which lost its first game in the New York State Tournament, then won four in a row to take the title, was trying to repeat the feat in the regionals. West Seneca (3-2) came two games short, needing to win two games versus the New Jersey State champions who entered the title round unbeaten.
By winning, Brooklawn (42-8), owner of 27 New Jersey State championships, earned its third straight trip to the American Legion World Series, but not before getting a couple of minor scares from West Seneca.
West Seneca led, 3-1, after the first inning, scoring with the benefit of one hit, but Brooklawn scored five runs in the third. West Seneca chipped away with the help of 11 walks and tied the game with two runs in the sixth, but left the bases loaded.
In the top of the eighth, Jon Theckston led off with a ground-rule double. He scored the go-ahead run on a single by Fran Kinsey. Mike Garoflol followed with an RBI single. Brooklawn added another run in the ninth.
Austin Spindler and Corey Fermo each had two hits for West Seneca.
Five West Seneca players batter .380 or better in the regional – Alex Pacer (.471), Fermo (.429), Ian Allen (.400), Paul Wujek (.400) and Spindler (.381).