Susquehanna edges Oakland, wins state title in extra innings

August 30, 2016 – 02:00 PM

Joey Harbach tripled home Timmy Heller with one out in the top of the 10th inning to lead the Susquehanna Assault to a 7-5 victory over the Hagerstown Braves in the 2016 Maryland Semi-Pro Baseball State Championship Game at Memorial Field in Cumberland.

Harbach was later named the game's Most Valuable Player and the Assault, from the Susquehanna League, won its fifth consecutive state title. 

Harbach's triple broke a 5-5 tie. Gilbert Peralta's fielder's choice plated Harbach with an insurance run.

The Braves, of the West Short Twilight League, forced the first extra-inning game in state championship history with a two-out RBI single in the ninth before Assault reliever and winning pitcher Jake Ferrante came on to get the third out with runners on the corners.

Hagerstown led 4-0 after two innings before Susquehanna began its assault. Peralto's three-run homer in the seventh put Susquehanna up 5-4.

Semifinal: Susquehanna 2, Oakland 1

Steve Cooke fired a two-hitter and struck out 14, while Heller broke a 1-1 tie with an RBi single in the seventh inning to lift the Assault over Oakland of the PenMar-WV League.

K.J. Hockaday reached on an infield single in the fourth, moved to third on a double by Peralta, and stole home for the first run. Oakland's Corey Helbig hit a two-out double that scored Fraser Brown and tied it 1-1 in teh top of the seventh.

Nathan King scattered eight hits and struck out eight in absorbing the loss.

Cooke, after the complete-game win in the first game, started the championship game as well, working the first 7 2-3 innings.