Back-to-back doubles by pinch-hitter Troy Sedgwick and Jared Vogt drove in the tying and winning runs in the top of the seventh inning asthe Kazmarek Little Orioles (66-10 overall) nipped Glen Rock, N.J., 8-7, Thursday night.
It was their second straight win in the American Amateur Baseball Congress Pee Wee Reese North Atlantic Regional for 12 and Under youth baseball in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The winner of this seven-team regional advances to the Pee Wee Reese World Series in Jonesboro, Ga., Aug. 8-11.
In what was the Little Orioles' second win on Thursday by one run, the Anne Arundel County team overcame 3-1 and 6-4 deficits to edge the Jersey team and move into Friday afternoon's winners' bracket game against South Shore, N.J.
Starting pitcher Randy Fox's solo homer in the second gave the Little Orioles their first run. The Little Orioles took the lead, 4-3, in the top of the third on singles by Shane Thompson, Chris Rice,Jared Vogt and Mike Ziegler, and a fielder's choice by Joe Hart.
Glen Rock regained the lead by 6-4 with a three-run fourth, but ShaneMiller's double to right center with two outs in the top of the fifth scored Rice and Vogt to tie it at six. Rice and Vogt had walked.
In the bottom of the fifth, Glen Rock got a two-out single off reliever and eventual winner Ziegler (14-2) to push ahead by 7-6.
Rice,whose lead-off homer in the bottom of the seventh earlier in the dayhad beaten New York Metro, 6-5, lined a single to right-center to start the winning rally in the seventh. Rice is 4-for-6 with five runs scored and four stolen bases in the first two games.
With pinch-hitter Sedgwick at the plate, Rice stole second base, his team-leading 70th of the season. Sedgwick then stroked a 2-2 pitch into the gap inleft-center to score Rice and knot the score at 7.
Vogt, who is 4-for-5 in the tournament with six RBI, drilled a double to left-center to send Sedgwick home with the go-ahead run.
Recording his fourth save of the season, Vogt (16-1) struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh.
The Little Orioles' right-hander never threw a ballin overpowering the Glen Rock hitters.