July 22, 2014

Elyria
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Lease pitches Parker to title

ELYRIA — Why buy when you can “Lease”?
Right-hander Jacob Lease was just about untouchable in pitching Parker Aerospace past Hershey’s, 11-0, in the Little League Minor A (age 10-12) city championship Sunday at Little League North. Lease struck out 10 in five innings, allowing only two hits and three baserunners.
Limited to 75 pitches by Little League rules, Lease had thrown just 67 before turning things over to Jaeger Shaffstall. He struck out two in the sixth.
Hershey’s had won 10 straight games.
“Jacob was up for it,” said Dan Lease, his father and coach. “We talked about it (Saturday night) and we talked about it (Sunday morning). I told him he had to get ahead of each batter and when he got ahead to come in with something different — throw the junk. It’s what he did.”
Hershey’s swung at just about anything Lease threw up there. After walking Matt Randolph to start the game, he didn’t allow another base on balls and retired the first two hitters in each of his four innings after that. Elijah Miller had a two-out single in the second inning and Cade Hodge had a two-out hit in the fourth. That was all the offense Hershey’s could muster.
“This was our goal, we wanted it,” said coach Lease. “(Jacob) kept them off balance. He was awesome.”
Parker began putting the game away with two runs in the top of the third inning. It loaded the bases with two outs and scored two runs when Lease’s soft liner eluded two fielders for a two-run error.
In the fourth inning, Parker added three more — a two-run double by Andrew Bragg the big blow. Bragg came around to score on the play when Hershey’s couldn’t make the defensive play.
After scoring an unearned run in the fifth, Parker salted the game away with five runs in the top of the sixth. Doubles by Bobby Meyers and Bragg along with a triple from Kurt Worden did most of the damage. Danny Divencenzo led off the fourth and sixth innings with singles to start the rallies.
“We had a great run through the tournament,” said Hershey’s coach Greg Randolph, “a fantastic run through the tournament. I couldn’t ask more of the boys. We just didn’t play the game we normally play. We had won 10 straight and we still get to play for the East championship next Sunday.
“I take my hat off to Dan Lease. His son Jacob pitched a heck of a game.”
It was an all-East affair at the North complex on Sunday. Parker and Hershey’s as well as Billings and Co. and VFW are East Little League teams. Billings won the consolation game, 15-5, over VFW.
Contact Tim Gebhardt at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.
Parker    Hersheys
ab    r    h    bi        ab    r    h    bi
Worden    2    0    1    1    Randolph    1    0    0    0
Stark    1    0    0    0    Jarvis    2    0    0    0
Lease    4    0    1    1    Hodge    2    0    1    0
Z.Shaffstall    3    0    0    0    Oehlke    2    0    0    0
Divencenzo    3    2    2    0    Koepp    2    0    0    0
J.Shaffstall    2    2    1    0    Miller    2    0    1    0
Meyers    3    1    1    2    Kopis    2    0    0    0
Burngasser    2    2    1    1    March    2    0    0    0
Bragg    3    2    2    3    Parker    2    0    0    0
Gregory    3    0    0    0    Kaufman    2    0    0    0
Rumph    2    2    0    0                    
Totals    28    11    9    8    Totals    19    0    2    0
Parker    002    315        —    11    9    0
Hersheys    000    000        —    0    2    5
2B— Bragg 2, Meyers, 3B – Worden. SB – Lease.
IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Parker
Lease (W)    5    2    0    0    1    10
J.Shaffstall    1    0    0    0    0    2
Hersheys
Randolph (L)    3.2    3    5    2    2    4
Koepp    1.1    2    4    2    0    1
March    0    2    2    2    0    0
Hodge    1    1    0    0    0    2
WP— Randolph. PB— Oehlke. HBP— Worden (by Randolph).