- NEW HARTFORD, NY — With the way they made it to the Independence Day championship game on Thursday, the Marcy-Deerfield All-Stars felt like a team of destiny.
After losing to the Whitestown All-Stars in the first round, Marcy-Deerfield had a tough row to hoe, playing five games in six days in the District 10 loser’s bracket. Those five games included comebacks from at least six runs down, including snatching a 10-9 victory from the jaws of a 9-3 defeat. It also included a 1-0 victory the night before against those same Whitestown All-Stars.
“It felt great, just the feeling of being here,” Marcy-Deerfield shortstop Mark Bostwick said of his team’s improbable run. “No one thought we’d be here; we were the underdogs [the entire time].”
Unfortunately, the clock struck midnight on the Marcy-Deerfield Cinderella story, in the form of a nine-strikeout shutout from Whitestown fireballer Tony Dorozynski. The pitcher also was responsible for five of Whitestown’s 13 runs, while the rest of the order batted around twice in the 13-0 mercy rule victory. The more heroic thing was that Dorozynski pitched most of the game with a sore thumb suffered in his at-bat in the third inning. However, he was not going to let injury keep him out of the biggest game of his Little League career.
“I was icing it in the dugout and just fought through it,” Dorozynski said.
“I knew what he was capable of,” Whitestown head coach Garrett Zyskowski said. “I just told him to stay within himself.”That certainly wasn’t hard to do in the early going, as Dorczynski was fooling the Marcy-Deerfield with some great pitching. Dorozynski only allowed a double to pitcher TJ Price through two innings of work while forcing all but one Marcy-Deerfield batter into strikeouts. After racking up five strikeouts over two innings, Dorozynski helped himself out in the first, hammering a three-run shot that would score himself, Lucas Tucker and Memphis Ferguson.
“That’s when we all started hopping on and staying fired up,” Dorozynski said. “After I hurt my hand, I couldn’t hit, but I had a real good performance on the mound.”
That didn’t seem to matter, as through the second and third innings, Whitestown would bat around twice, grabbing five runs in each inning. During that time, only one Whitestown player did not manage to cross the plate. Meanwhile, Dorozynski would continue pitching a gem, only allowing one more hit (another double, this time by Marcy-Deerfield left fielder Shea Williams) the entire way while racking up another six strikeouts in the final two innings to put a bow on the District 10 title.
With the win, Whitestown will move on to a sectional playoff in either Lowville or South Jefferson with a team to be determined. However, Zyskowski stressed the importance of the victory.
“I told them they were going to come out fired up after last night [‘s 1-0 win],” Zyskowski said. “We had a good mindset and we were ready to go tonight.”
Even though they lost, Bostwick, who was playing his last game as a Little Leaguer on Thursday, was heaping praise on his teammates. “It still feels good to be here, but we were all hoping it wouldn’t end like this, not 13-0,” Bostwick said. “Being on this team, [we were] very good fighters…I’d say that this is the best team I’ve ever played on.”
Despite just finishing up a game in 90-degree heat, the Whitestown team still looked fired up and ready to play another game as they accepted their championship banner just a few minutes later. Even in victory, Dorozynski was focused on his next game in just a few days.
“We just have to bring it again,” Dorozynski said. “We have a July 4th party tonight, [but tomorrow] we’ll head to our next game.”
Mid-York Sports Report would like to congratulate both teams on a very good Little League season, and wish the Whitestown All-Stars good luck on the Road to Williamsport!
Whitestown All-Stars 13, Marcy-Deerfield All-Stars 0, 3 1/2 innings
Marcy-Deerfield 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Whitestown 3 5 5 X 13 14 0
WP: Tony Dorczynski (CG, 2 H, 0 R, 9 K)
LP: TJ Price (2 IP)
M-D: Joey Palumbo.
2B: Mike Stilwell (W), Price (M-D), Shea Williams (M-D).
HR: Dorczynski (W).
Records: Marcy-Deerfield 7-2.