Pennsbury defeated Upper Allen 11-5 in the championship game of the Cal Ripken 8U Player Pitch World Series championship Thursday morning in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Pennsbury, the Cal Ripken Pa. Southeast state champions and Middle Atlantic Region champs, totaled 17 hits in the game, building a 5-0 lead after two innings.
Upper Allen rallied with five runs in the bottom of the third inning thanks to an RBI single from Aaron Jones, a two-run single from Shray Patel, an RBI single from Alex Orner and a wild pitch.
Pennsbury (37-1), playing out of Pennsbury Township about 30 miles southwest of Philadelphia, responded with five runs in the top of the fourth inning to break the game open en route to the win. Logan Shaffer went 4-for-4 in the game with three runs and two RBIs and Michael Hardcastle added two hits and three RBIs. Shaffer also pitched the final two innings of the game, allowing no runs with four strikeouts.
Upper Allen, which earned an at-large berth to the world series and finishes the season with two losses, scattered seven hits from seven different players. Varner doubled and walked twice and Patel had two RBIs.
Evry Nailor and Jackson Brechbiel earned Gold Glove awards for the tournament, and Patel and Varner picked up slugging awards. Upper Allen also earned the Sportsmanship Award.