The 12U team fell behind early on a two-run home run by Tri-Ward's catcher, Cam. But they got one run back, then tied it, and then went up by two, 4-2, on Gage Pegher's hit to the center-right fence. They held a lead at one point of 7-2.
The 12U Greenfielders featured some 10-year-olds pitching in the early innings, with Logan Carter and Kaeden Geraci taking the mound. Will Szustak pitched the fifth, while Jack Heider pitched the sixth and seventh.
But Tri-Ward came back, scoring on a mix of walks and hits in the gap, along with another home run by their catcher. At the top of the sixth, Tri-Ward had retaken the lead, 8-7.
But Greenfield kept coming. The bottom of their lineup got a run around to tie up the game again, and Marcus Waller almost got around to home for the winning run, getting tagged out despite a good slide at home.
It was then Tri-Ward's turn again, getting two runs in the top of the seventh to go on top 10-8.
In the bottom of the seventh, William Szustak reached first despite hitting the a grounder to the third baseman. Jack Heider then reached base. Pegher got another good hit, then Owen Loughran was hit by a pitch. With the score tied at 10, the bases loaded, and James Mazefsky up, the air was tense. Tri-Ward's pitcher, Cam, let the tension get to him, while Mazefsky stayed level-headed, leading to four balls and winning run at home plate for the 12U team.
The 12U team now plays Swissvale on Monday at 6 p.m. at Hammer field.
In the second game, fans in the outfield had to scramble for their hard hats to fend off the rain of home runs. The Greenfield's 12s had been out of game action for a week, but they looked sharp on the field and at the plate.
The first inning saw Bryan McCann hit one. With Brandon Twigg and Matthew Mock on base, Michael Twigg then hit a triple.
In the second inning, Isaac Koerber singled, McCann singled, and Samson Hill doubled to bring in two more runs. Mock then sent a ball over the centerfield fence to add two more. Brandon Twigg then sent one over left center.
When the dust settled, Greenfield was up 9-0.
Greenfield's pitching looked strong, with McCann striking out the side in the first inning, Brandon Twigg giving up just one hit in the second, Hill keeping the third scoreless, and Mock finishing up the game in the fourth inning.
The third inning saw the top of the order coming around again. Jordan Osborne hit a strong drive just left of center and stretched it into a triple, but was tagged out at home when he tried to stretch it into an in-the-park homerun.
McCann then hit another dinger over the right center fence, and Hill followed that up with a home run that cleared the left center fence, though the umpire had to verify with outfield fans that it had indeed cleared the fence.
With five homeruns by four different players, the outfield was becoming a dangerous location. The final score was 11-0, ending right before more storms started rolling in.
The Greenfield 12s will play the South Hills Wild Things Tuesday at 6 p.m.