Red Sox lead Athletics in PBRL series

Photo by Barry Taglieber Red Sox' Jimmy Kingsbury scampers back to first base while Athletics Steve Anderson (16) awaits throw.

PHOENIXVILLE - Matt Osisek-Byrne and Jimmy Kingsbury combined to pitch a one-hitter as the Red Sox defeated the Athletics, 9-1, June 12 to take a 1-0 lead in the est-of-three Phoenixville Babe Ruth League championship series at deSanno Field.

The Red Sox scored six runs on five hits in the bottom of the second inning to give their hurlers plenty of support. The second game of the series was scheduled for June 14 at 8 p.m. with the third game day and time, if necessary, to be determined.

Osisek-Byrne pitched the first four innings and allowed one hit and one unearned run with five strikeouts and six walks. Kingsbury relieved for the last three frames and gave up no hits and no runs with seven strikeouts and three walks.

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Shortstop Jake Mullan went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and run batted in with two stolen bases for the Red Sox. Third baseman and leadoff man Chance DiFebbo had one hit and one run with two RBIs, one on a second-inning single and the other on a third-inning sacrfice fly. Will Slover delivered a two-run single in the second inning.

Brendan Siefer, Dan Sierzega and Troy Horner also had RBIs for the Red Sox, and Siefer scored a pair of runs. Kingsbury, who played center field before taking the mound , began the second-inning uprising with a double to right field.

Jake Casmay had the lone Athletics hit to lead off the fourth inning. It came on an infield hit to second base. Casmay also made an outstanding catch in center field to rob Osisek-Byrne of a hit in the sixth inning.

Jared Carboy walked, stole second, moved to third on a walk and scored on a passed ball to account for the Athletics’ run. There were four walks in the top of the second inning that led to the tally.

“We were really fortunate to have that happen,” Red Sox manager John Coll said of the early lead. “We have been striving to do that to take control of the game early.”

Coll pointed out that the Red Sox and Athletics competed in tight games during the regular season. This encounter had the widest margin of victory for any of them.

“We have a real nice group of kids,” said Coll. “All of our older kids are on the Junior Legion team.”

“It is hard to win games with one hit,” said Athletics manager Ron Cimino. “We have a pretty young squad so we are happy to be where we are. We started out the season 0-3 and made it to the championship series. So it is great to get here for our younger guys. I am proud of our 13-year-olds and how they have done.”