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Bengals capture city title

  • A big hit: The Bustleton Bengals 17-and-under baseball team capped a 15-0 season by winning the Department of Recreation championship, rallying to a 6-5 victory over the Roxborough Hurricanes at Citizens Bank Park. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTOS

  • A big hit: The Bustleton Bengals 17-and-under baseball team capped a 15-0 season by winning the Department of Recreation championship, rallying to a 6-5 victory over the Roxborough Hurricanes at Citizens Bank Park.

The Bustleton Bengals 17-and-un­der base­ball team last week cap­tured the De­part­ment of Re­cre­ation cham­pi­on­ship with a come-from-be­hind 6-5 vic­tory over Roxbor­ough’s Hou­s­ton Play­ground Hur­ricanes at Cit­izens Bank Park.

The win avenged a 4-2 loss to the Hur­ricanes in last year’s title game.

The Bengals, who are based at Hayes Play­ground, fin­ished the sea­son 15-0, in­clud­ing a 2-0 win over the Hur­ricanes in the reg­u­lar sea­son. They had the op­por­tun­ity to sit in the Phil­lies’ dugout as the top seed.

For a while, it looked like the Bengals would fin­ish 14-1, fall­ing be­hind 4-0 in the first in­ning.

However, the Bengals got on the board in the second when Tommy D’Emilio doubled and scored on Bry­an Hearn’s single. They ad­ded two runs in the third to cut the de­fi­cit to 4-3.

Frankie No­lan, who’ll be a seni­or at Fath­er Judge High School, moved from cen­ter field to pitch­er in the fourth in­ning and did a good job shut­ting down the Hur­ricanes.

In the bot­tom of the fourth, the Bengals tied the game. Chris Hig­gins led off with a single, moved to second on a sac­ri­fice bunt by Tyler Sharp, went to third on a groun­dout by Nick Tar­ducci and scored on a base hit by An­gel Alicea.

In the fifth, Sam Naftulin singled with two outs, and D’Emilio reached on an er­ror. Both scored on a hit by Hearn.

The Bengals be­nefited from strong de­fense, in­clud­ing a nice catch in the sixth in left field by Nick New­bert. Mark Di­Francesco, who caught every in­ning of every game, threw out a run­ner to end an in­ning.

The Bengals won two play­off games, over Nel­son and Park­wood, to ad­vance to the cham­pi­on­ship.

Coach Craig Sharp was as­sisted by Tom D’Emilio, Vince Tar­ducci and Chris Hig­gins. Team mem­bers were Frankie No­lan, An­gel Alicia, Sam Naftulin, Tommy D’Emilio, Nick Tar­ducci, Bry­an Hearn, Nick New­bert, Tyler Sharp, Chris Hig­gins, Mark Di­Francesco, Mike McLaugh­lin, Jack Layne, Jonath­an Carter, Romeo Dick­son and Eric Boone. ••

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