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High School Baseball - Week Five Summary
Eagles, Trojans and Indians
in 3-way league tie

By Mike Hutchins, CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Halifax's Conner Schadel slides into home plate to score a run in an April 25 game won by Tri-Valley in which the two teams combined for a total of 27 points. (Sentinel photo by Christina Fisher)

The baseball season got very interesting after last week’s games.

What looked like a runaway for Upper Dauphin Area in the East Division of the TVL has turned into a three-way tie.

Line Mountain (5-3 TVL, 8-6 overall), UDA (4-3 TVL, 7-4) and Millersburg (4-3, 8-6) are in a virtual tie for first and one of the two bids to the league postseason playoffs. Don’t sleep on Halifax (4-5, 6-6) who has quietly hung in contention.

The Cats have an eye mainly on a postseason bid and, according to Head Coach Tim Pritchard, may be peaking at the right time.

“We played four games this spring before we were able to have an outside practice and I think that really hurt us. Most of our remaining schedule is against teams in the district rankings, so it will be an interesting finish,” Pritchard said. “It’s going to be a fun run to the end, stay tuned.” 

The remaining schedules for the top three contenders are quite interesting, with less than two full weeks remaining in the regular season.

Millersburg has a tough stretch of three straight games Monday through Wednesday, April 27 through April 29 – against UDA April 27 (completed after deadline for this issue), at Halifax April 28 and home against East Juniata April 29. The Indians close TVL play Thursday, May 7 at West Division leader Susquenita.

After its game with Millersburg, UDA hosts Greenwood, then is at East Juniata and hosts Newport.

The Eagles are at Juniata April 27, then host Susquenita (8-0 TVL) April 29, and  then host Newport in the season’s final week.

There were plenty of outstanding efforts this past week, with Line Mountain’s Brady Michael tossing a no-hitter in a 3-0 win at UDA (see separate story).

Millersburg had three pitchers combined on a five-inning no-hitter against Greenwood, just one day after three Indians combined to one-hit Mount Calvary through five innings. The Indians also  featured a triple play by Millersburg in a 6-5 win over Williams Valley.

Halifax freshman Luke Blasick continued to impress with a complete game, 2-1, win over Line Mountain.

Following are the results of games as reported to the Sentinel from April 18 to April 26:

Halifax 2, Line Mountain 1, April 21. Blasick has been very impressive in his debut season with the Wildcats. His most recent success came when he held Line Mountain to just four hits in a big win for the Cats. He struck out seven and walked three.

This helped atone for a loss he took in the season opener April 2 against Line Mountain when he was on the short end of a 2-1 decision despite striking out 17 in an eight-inning game.

Kellan Masser was equally impressive for the Eagles who allowed just five hits.

“Luke is a great kid and I’m not surprised. He has a lot of poise for a freshman and having Trey (Pritchard) behind the plate calling his game has allowed him to relax and be confident, even when things get tough,” Coach Pritchard said.

Millersburg 11, Greenwood 0, April 25. Three Indian pitchers combined on a five-inning shutout. Ethan Troutman, Austin Hoke and Kolton Latshaw worked together to keep Greenwood off the score board.

Connor Keim had two hits and three RBIs. Christian Wingard had two hits and three RBIs as well. Robbie Burger had a double and scored twice. Austin Lehman had a hit and scored twice. Ty Coleman added an RBI single.

Tri-Valley 15, Halifax 12, April 25. Hunter Bordner closed out the game with two scoreless innings of relief, an important effort in a game in which the Dawgs (7-6 overall) and Cats combined for 27 runs and 35 hits.

Hunter Herb had four hits and three RBIs to lead the Tri-Valley attack while Dominic Corado and Tyler Lucas (four RBIs) both had three. Bordner had four RBIs with two hits.

Jarrett Hoy was 3-for-5 for Halifax and Trey Pritchard reached base in all five of his plate appearances, including three hits, a walk and hit by pitch.

After the Bulldogs scored 14 runs in three innings, Lowell Divens pitched the final four innings for the Wildcats and allowed just one run.  

Line Mountain 10, East Juniata 7, April 25 (Game one of double header). The Eagles rallied from a 6-0 deficit to pick up an important TVL victory as well as in the chase to earn a District 4 playoff spot by moving over the .500 mark for the season.

Brady Michael led the offense with three hits, including a pair of doubles,  and two RBIs. Line Mountain had 15 hits in the game with Masser, Brendan Renn, Colton Gaw and Kurt Mace all getting two. Tanner Spatzer drove in three runs. Corey Paul had a double and two RBIs.

Line Mountain 9, East Juniata 3, April 25 (Game two). In a non-league game, the Eagles got a complete-game victory from Mace, who allowed just one earned run on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts. The offense gave him plenty of support with 12-hit attack.

Gaw led the way with three hits, including a double. Masser had a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Michael had two hits and three RBIs. Spatzer also had two hits.

Minersville 6, UDA 5, April 25. The Trojans dropped their fourth consecutive decision in a non-league tilt with Minersville. Kyle Glouner had three hits to lead the offense. Travis Deitrch had a pair of hits. Aaron Cleveland had two hits and scored two runs.

Camp Hill 13, Williams Valley 0 (5 innings). The Vikings managed just four hits and could not push any runs across the plate as it fell to the Lions. Camp Hill smacked out 13 hits.

Tamaqua 10, Tri-Valley 0, April 24. Tri-Valley was held to one hit by Tamaqua’s Bo Rottet as they dropped a 10-0 decision in five innings.   

Halifax 3, Juniata 2, April 23. Sam Cook pitched all eight innings, allowing six hits and only one earned run.

The Wildcats trailed 2-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning when Jarrett Hoy lined a RBI two-out single to tie the game. Hoy had two hits in the game.

Trey Pritchard led off the bottom of the eighth with a single, and Koby Minninch walked. Blasick bunted and reached on an error to load the bases.

The Indians cut down the would-be winning run with a double play, but then the game winner scored a few pitches later on a wild pitch.

“Our pitching has been fantastic. Even in games where we’ve lost, where the scoreboard looks lopsided, it’s because of unearned runs, not pitching,” Coach Pritchard said.

Millersburg 10, Mount Calvary 0, April 23. Connor Keim (3 innings), Lehman (one inning) and Burger (one inning) combined to hold Mount Calvary to one hit. (Combined with the team’s effort against Greenwood April 24, five pitchers combined to allow one hit in 10 innings.)

The Tribe had 11 hits. Burger was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI double. Keim had two hits and three RBIs and scored twice. Wingard was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Coleman and Troutman both had an RBI single.

Williams Valley 9, Weatherly 1, April 23. Zach Ulsh threw a complete-game three-hitter, recording seven strikeouts, to get the win for the Vikings. Ulsh also had two hits and two RBIs. Scott Whitcomb had a double and an RBI. Dawson Maurer also doubled home a run.

Tri-Valley 11, Mahanoy Area 1, April 23. Bordner and Dalton Schwalm both pitched three innings and combined to hold Mahanoy Area to three hits and just one run. Meanwhile, the ‘Dawgs had 14 hits with  Schwalm, Herb, Logan Yoder and Mark Klinger all with two each.

Marian 15, Williams Valley 10, April 21. The Vikings pounded out plenty of offense (10 runs on 12 hits), but could not overcome 12 free base runners by walk or hit by pitch and four errors.

Maurer had two hits and drove in four runs. Ulsh had two hits, including a double and two RBIs. Travis Martin had two hits. Garrett Zimmerman had a double and two RBIs.

Millersburg 6, Williams Valley 5, April 18. The Indians turned a triple play at a critical moment to salvage a non-league win over the Vikings.

The Vikes had runners at first and third with no outs in the top of the sixth, threatening to score after the Tribe had just plated five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game, 5-5.

Williams Valley attempted a suicide squeeze bunt, but the ball was popped up. Winning pitcher Latshaw snagged the pop up for the first out and fired to short stop Lehman, who was covering third for the second out, Lehman then relayed to Christian Keiter at first for the back end of the triple play.

The Indians then won the game in the bottom of the seventh inning after Burger led off the inning with a walk and eventually came around to score the game-winner on a passed ball.

Williams Valley built a 5-0 lead through the first 4 ½ innings. Kenny Ross (2-4, 2 RBIs) knocked in a run with a bases-loaded single in the top of the second inning. The Indians cut down a run at home with a perfect throw from center field.

The Vikings added three runs in the fourth inning. Ross had another RBI single and two runs crossed the plate on throwing errors.

Millersburg scored five runs in the fifth inning. Lehman had an RBI single in the inning. Burger doubled home two runs, and Keim followed with a two-run double to tie the game.

Line Mountain 10, Troy 1, April 18. The Eagles broke out the offense and once again received a standout pitching performance by Brady Michael, who limited Troy to one run on five hits, a walk and seven strike- outs. The story of the game is that Michael allowed an earned run, his first and only one of the season.

J.P. Lenker highlighted the offense with a three-run home run in the sixth inning. Paul and Masser both had two hits.

Shamokin 8, Line Mountain 4, April 18. In the championship game of the George Zalar Tournament, the Eagles fell to host Shamokin despite outhitting them, 8-6.

Eagle pitching issued 12 walks in the game and fell behind 7-1 after the first inning.

Paul led Line Mountain with three hits.

Williams Valley 3, Mahanoy Area 2, April 17. Ted Shutt pitched a complete game to help the Vikings earn the win. Williams Valley scored twice in the second inning on an error. In the seventh, Ulsh drove home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

Williams Valley 12, Panther Valley 8, April 15. The Vikings had six hits to take advantage of six Panther Valley errors to get a win. Ryan Harris had a double and an RBI. Whitcomb had a double and two RBIs and Dylan Rabuck drove in two runs. Martin had three RBIs in the game.

 

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