Par-Troy East 1 Win Away From Williamsport
Parsippany blasts Pennsylvania to advance to regional championship game on Sunday.
The Parsippany 11/12 all-stars beat Collier, Pa., 9-4, Friday to advance to the Little League Mid-Atlantic Regional championship in Bristol, Conn.
Parsippany will face either Delaware or Maryland Sunday at 5 p.m. with a berth into the Little League World Series in Williamsport on the line.
Parsippany fans showed their support Friday morning at the Connecticut site and locally at Applebee's, which was bathed in a sea of PTLLE red.
PTLLE achieved an early 2-0 lead, thanks to a first-inning home run by Anthony Scannelli, whose grand slam Wednesday put the Parsippany boys in the lead to stay over Maryland. Scannelli is hitting .358 in the tournament.
With Parsippany's Benner Uygun on the mound, Pennsylvania went scoreless during its end of the inning.
Pennsylvania got onto the scoreboard with one run in the second inning.
PTLLE widened its lead by scoring two in its half of the inning. The Collier team scored again, bringing the score to 4-2 Parsippany. Then a Collier two-run homer made the score tied at 4-all at the end of the third.
Par-Troy East broke through in the fifth, scoring four runs in its half to bring its tally to eight. Pennsylvania went scoreless in the inning, leaving the score at the end of five full innings PTLLE 8, Pennsylvania 4.
Parsippany added one more run to its count in the top of the sixth inning. Pennsylvania tried mightily to come back but found itself thwarted by the PTLLE defense in its half of the inning.
Par-Troy East now moves on to the championship game Sunday and takes on the victor of the Delaware-Maryland semifinal. The champion team becomes one of 16 competing in Williamsport for the Little League World Series.