Sunnybrae Catcher PJ Whalen sets up for a play at the plate. Photo by Michael A. Sabo.
By Rich Fisher
July 6: We have learned that Sunnybrae Little League likes to extend their District 12 games beyond the norm, but this is getting ridiculous.
The Brae not only forced extra innings today, it also forced an extra day as its District 12 finals game with Bordentown was suspended in the bottom of the seventh with the game tied 3-3. Play will resume at 1 p.m. Sunday with Josh Filipponi leading off the bottom of the seventh.
It is the third consecutive extra-inning game for Sunnybrae, which has won four straight since dropping into the elimination bracket on opening-day.
The Yardville Gang took a 1-0 lead in the first Chris Whalen’s two-out single and Adrian Byra’s RBI single. Bordentown took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third, but Sunnybrae bounced right back in the top of the fourth on Ryan Anderson’s two-out, two-run double.
Bordentown put its first two runners on in the bottom of the sixth and couldn’t score, and the Brae put its first two on in the top of the seventh and could not capitalize. A clap of thunder then forced a delay, and a downpour 30 minutes later forced the suspension.
If Sunnybrae can win the suspended game, it will force an “If necessary” winner-take-all final immediately following. If Bordentown wins after play resumes, it will be the District 12 champion.