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Hopewell 11-Year Olds Headed to Championship Game



HOPEWELL TWP-  The Hopewell 11-year olds are one win away from winning their home tournament.

This afternoon in a tightly contested game, the Vikings beat Central Valley, 6-4 in the semifinals of the 2024 Hopewell Tournament.

Hopewell takes on Washington in the championship game later tonight.

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Pitching and timely hitting was the key tonight for Hopewell as Wade Enders, Rilynn Davis and Kruz Krotec allowed just 7 hits and struck out CV batters.

Trailing 1-0 in the second, the Vikings tied things up as Wes Gigliotti brought in Colby Cunningham on a grounder to first.

Enders went the first two innings, allowing 1 hit, 1 run while striking out 5 batters.

In the bottom of the 3rd with CV up 2-1, Brandon Cecchini ripped a double into left field scoring Elliott Mancos and Austin Gallagher. Hopewell led 3-2.

Davis pitched the 3rd and 4th innings and the 4th inning was key as Hopewell took the lead and she followed that by pitching a 1-2-3 frame. Two of the outs came on grounders back to the mound.

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The Vikings added to their lead in the bottom of the 4th. Gigliotti led off with a single and came around to score on a Rhett Rankin double to center.

Later in the same inning, with 2 outs, Eli Seech had a great at-bat, fouling off pitches and eventually singled to bring in Rankin. The last run of the inning came as Krotec stole home. Hopewell led 6-2 after four.

Krotec pitched the 5th inning and set CV down 1-2-3 by striking out the side.

CV made it interesting in the final inning as they closed the deficit to 6-4 and had a runner on 2nd with 0 out. The CV batter flew out to medium center field and the runner attempted to advance to third. Bad idea as Cunningham threw a bullet to Rankin nailing the runner easily.

With 2 outs, the game ended on this play.



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