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Kernersville, NC Eliminates Branford, CT

One day removed from a heartbreaking 6-5 defeat to Las Vegas, Kernersville, NC was back at it Saturday morning in Spokane.  The Southeast Regional Champs stayed alive with an 8-6 victory over Branford, CT.  Kernersville was able to go ahead early, and led wire to wire to knock Branford.

The scoring began two batters into the game with a two-run homer by centerfielder Brandon Harrison.  This was Harrison's second home run of the national tournament.  He also leads Kernersville with ten runs batted in.  Branford starter Pat Simone was removed after only one inning of work following a three-run Kernersville first.  Despite rallies by Branford, the NC representative never relinquished the lead.  Other stars for the victors included Alex Swim and Evan Orenstein who joined Brandon Harrison with three hits for the game.  Starter Kevin Parrish earned the win, improving to 2-0 in national play.  John Lefeber and Mike Forgione each had two hits for Branford.

Branford's season ends with a final record of 28-9.  Kernersville improved to 35-15 and will await the loser of Saturday's Game 8 between Eden Prarie, MN and Midwest City, Oklahoma.  That match up will in Game 10, the middle game of Sunday's three scheduled.

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