Onondaga West wins Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic regional

Older side beats local rival in 8-7 classic

— It stayed 5-5 until the top of the fifth. There, West's Eric Hamilton (C-NS) led off with a single and Baldwinsville's Gabe Levanti, who recently made a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech, tripled to bring home Hamilton. Bishop Ludden's Ciro Frontale hit a fly ball that scored Levanti.

Trailing again, 7-5, in the bottom of the seventh, and two outs from elimination, West nearly pulled off its third come-from-behind win in as many days.

C-NS's Paul Ludden and Henninger's John Larca both singled. With Ludden on third, Justin Teague grounded out, but Ludden raced home, and the margin was one.

Now it was Liverpool's Dom Pirro at the plate for East. He sent a fly ball deep to center field, only to see his one-time teammate, Alex Caruso (who is heading to St. John's), chase it down for the final out.

With that, Onondaga West advanced to the Babe Ruth 16-18 World Series, to be held in Weimar, Texas, from July 28 through Aug. 4.

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