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12U All-Stars Reach Championship Game After 6-5 Win Over Ambridge

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Pitching and perfect defense led the Hopewell 12U All-Stars to a 6-5 win over Ambridge.

The Vikings will now take on either No. 1 seed Quaker Valley or Etna in the championship game.

Reed Budavich started the game for Hopewell and was literally unhittable as he went 3 innings, allowing 0 hits, 0 runs and struck out 5.

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Hopewell got on the scoreboard first in the Top of the 1st with heads up base running by Luke Vukovcan, who scored on a passed ball.

The Vikings extended the lead to 3-0 in the Top of the 4th. Andrew Arzberger and Aiden Ritchart led off the inning with singles. Arzberger scored on a passed ball while Ritchart scored on an RBI single by Gunner Reese.

Arzberger relieved Budavich and pitched a scoreless 4th and 5th innings.

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Hopewell tacked on three more runs in the 5th inning and as it turned, they would prove to be critical runs.

Jaxsen Covalt started the inning with a walk and one out later, Gill also reached base on a base on balls. Next up, Vukovcan drove in Covalt with an RBI single to extend the lead to 4-0. Next up, Arzberger singled in Gill and Vukovcan to up the lead to 6-0.

Things got a bit dicey in the last inning but Gaguzis came in with 2 outs to induce a pop up to Arzberger.

Budavich was named the Game MVP.

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