2009 Year in Review: Region Four
Day One of the tournament began with a 7-6 Linglestown win over Campbelltown. Chambersburg knocked off Lititz, the 2008 Region Four Champ, 6-5, plating the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Suburban York defeated New Cumberland 10-5, and Hummelstown beat host Fredericksburg 5-1 in the first day finale.
The second day of the tournament began with two loser’s bracket games. Defending champ Lititz stayed alive with a 6-2 win over Campbelltown. Post 143 rebounded from their loss on day one, eliminating Fredericksburg 10-5. In the winner’s bracket contests, Chambersburg defeated Linglestown 6-3 and Hummelstown put away Suburban York 9-7 to stay unbeaten.
Hummelstown and Mother Nature were the big winners on the third day of regional play. The first game of the day, an elimination contest pitting Linglestown and New Cumberland was delayed by two hours for rain, but Linglestown eventually prevailed 11-5 to stay alive. In the other elimination game, Lititz kept their season alive with an 8-7 win over Suburban York. In the winner’s bracket final, Hummelstown blew out Chambersburg 15-5, invoking the mercy rule in the 7th inning.
On Day Four of the tournament, Lititz began the day’s action by hammering Chambersburg 16-6 in 8 innings. Hummelstown continued with romp through the tournament, eliminating Linglestown 9-7, behind a potent offensive attack. These results set up the scenario for the final day of the tournament: Lititz would need two wins over unbeaten Hummelstown in order to nab the region’s bid to the State Tournament in Boyertown.
Hummelstown wasted no time claiming the Region Four title on the fifth day of action at Wenger Field, doing so with a 12-4 win over Lititz. Although the tournament was again delayed by rain, this time in the 5th inning, Hummelstown didn’t seem to mind, running out to a 6-1 lead and continuing to score each inning as the game progressed. Lititz could never get closer than 7-4, wrapping up their season at 16-6. Hummelstown advanced to Boyertown for State Tournament, where it finished with a 1-2 record.