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High School Baseball - Week Four Summary

Eagles defeat UDA,
win tourney crown
By Mike Hutchins, CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Upper Dauphin Area's Matt Deitrich covers first base while Millersburg's Christian Keiter dives back to first on a very close call. (Sentinel photo by Christina Zeiders)

Line Mountain ran its overall record to 6-1 this past weekend, capturing the championship of the George Zalar Memorial Baseball Tournament in Shamokin.

To win the crown, they handed local rival Upper Dauphin Area its first loss of the season, 5-4, April 19 in the championship game.

Sophomore pitcher Zach Bobb was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after he earned the complete-game victory in the finals.

The tournament did not count in the Tri-Valley League standings. UDA (5-0) and Line Mountain (4-0) lead the league. With so many games scheduled over the next three weeks, Millersburg (5-2), East Juniata (4-2) and Halifax (3-2) all could have a say in the final outcome of the race for the league title.

In Schuylkill League play, Tri-Valley is locked in a three way-tie with Schuylkill Haven and Marian (6-1) for the top spot in Division 2 – Minersville is just one game off the pace.

Line Mountain 5, UDA 4, George Zalar Tournament. Line Mountain jumped on UDA in the first inning, scoring three runs and chasing starter Mac Ney after just two-thirds of an inning. The Eagles spread the lead to 5-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth, when the Trojans started chipping away at that lead. Matt Deitrich belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 5-4.

Kellan Masser and Brady Michael both had two hits to lead the Eagles. Michael scored twice. Colton Gaw had two RBIs.

UDA’s Ney and Kyle Glouner each had two hits.

Line Mountain 3, Shamokin 0, George Zalar Tournament. Cory Warford tossed a four-hit shutout in the opening game of the tournament as the Eagles blanked the host squad. Warford fanned one batter and issued three walks.

Masser scored twice and Corey Paul scored the other run.

UDA 11, Troy 6, George Zalar Tournament. Ney was the winning pitcher, working two innings of relief without allowing a hit. Ney also led the offense with three hits, including a double, and two RBIs.

Matt Deitrich rounded out a nice day at the plate with three hits and four RBIs. Tanner Miller got the start on the mound and went five innings, striking out nine batters and allowing five earned runs. He scored three runs from the leadoff spot. Ney and Kaleb Hoch both scored twice. The Trojans had 12 hits and drew 10 walks as a team.

 

TRI-VALLEY LEAGUE

UDA 7, Millersburg 0, April 17. In a game moved up from May 15 in order to have it count toward District 3 seeding, Glouner tossed a three-hit shutout as the Trojans bested the rival Indians for the second time in eight days. Glouner pitched four strike outs and walked four batters.

The Trojans smacked out eight hits with Miller and Tim Cleveland earning half of them. Miller hit a double. The top third of the order – Miller, Hoch and Ney – all had two RBIs.

Line Mountain 9, Lancaster Country Day 7, April 17. The Eagles maintained their unbeaten league record (4-0) after overcoming a tough extra-inning road test at LCD.

J.P. Lenker put the Eagles on the board with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning and then cranked out a solo shot in the third to put Line Mountain up, 5-3.

Masser had a big offensive game with four hits, three runs scored and three RBIs. He had two doubles and belted a solo home run in the top of the ninth to break the tie. Michael and Paul both added two hits. Warford had a triple and drove in two runs. Tanner Spatzer added a double. The Eagles also stole seven bases as a team. Masser, Michael and Paul all had two pilfers.

Michael came on in relief, throwing six innings. He allowed just two earned runs on four hits, a walk and five strikeouts. Bobb earned the win as he threw the final two innings of scoreless relief.

Juniata 8, Halifax 3, April 17. Six Halifax errors and an offense that managed just four hits led to the Wildcats dropping the decision to Juniata.

Halifax 14, Lancaster Country Day 0, April 16. Hunter Hilinski and Eric Geyer combined to no-hit LCD. Koby Minnich and Michael “Duey” Sheaffer both had two hits. Sheaffer had four RBIs.

Millersburg 10, Juniata 0, April 14 (five innings). Pitchers Christian Wingard (four innings) and Ian Lloyd (one) combined to two-hit Juniata.

Millersburg pounded out 11 hits with Connor Keim, Wingard, Ty Coleman and Lloyd each getting two hits. Coleman scored three runs and Lloyd had two RBI. Austin Lehman, Robbie Burger and Christian Keiter all had a hit and scored a run.

Line Mountain 6, East Juniata 4, April 14. Masser pitched a strong game, allowing just three hits in five innings to help the Eagles pick up a big league win. Warford came in for the final two innings to earn the save. Warford hit two batters and allowed an infield single – loading the bases – before striking out the final batter and ending the threat.

The Eagles had a 4-2 lead heading into the top of the fourth when East Juniata tied things up. Warford quickly changed things in the bottom of the inning with a two-run homer, cutting through the wind in left-center field. The Eagles had nine hits in the game and all nine batters in the order had a hit.

Halifax 12, Greenwood 2, April 14. Zach Schumber and Dan Osenbach combined to throw a three-hitter and Halifax pounded out 13 hits. Minnich had two hits, including a bases-clearing triple that ended the game.

UDA 2, Susquenita 0, April 14. According to Head Coach Ryan Lentz, Ney pitched a great complete game, throwing a shutout in what Lentz called a great win.

The Trojans scored in the second inning when Deitrich led off with a single. Peyton Barge, after a Trey Campbell hit put a runner in scoring position, had a two-out single to make it 1-0. Cleveland scored from second base on an infield error in the fourth inning for the other run of the game.

 

Schuylkill League

Division 2

Tamaqua 7, Tri-Valley 2, April 17. Tamaqua erupted for five runs in the top of the seventh inning to break open a close game. The Bulldogs managed just four hits on the night.

Minersville 14, Williams Valley 1, April 17 (five innings). Minersville plated six runs in the first inning and Williams Valley never recovered. Matter had an RBI for the Vikings, who managed just three hits.

Schuylkill Haven 2, Williams Valley 1, April 16. Schuylkill Haven scored both runs on errors by Williams Valley, negating a stellar pitching effort from Jarred Matter. Matter gave up just three hits and walked four – both the runs were unearned.

The Vikings had eight hits, but mustered just one run off a Matter RBI single in the third inning. Matter and Stephen Sedesse each had two hits.

Tri-Valley 18, Shenandoah Valley 5, April 14. Tri-Valley knocked out 16 hits to go with 11 walks as it thumped the Blue Devils in six innings. A nine-run sixth inning was the finishing touch on this game.

Colin Maurer led the offense with four hits and four RBIs. Hunter Herb had a hit and three RBIs. Billy Wagner, Jaden Buchanan and Chase Schaeffer all had two hits.

 

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