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High School Baseball - Week Five Summary
TVL, Schuylkill title races till tight as 2014 season enters home stretch
By Mike Hutchins, CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Halifax's Blake Enders delivers a pitch to a Line Mountain batter. (Sentinel photo by Lon Zeiders)

Through games played April 26, both the Tri-Valley Athletic Association and Division 2 of the Schuylkill League are tight races.

Line Mountain (6-0 TVAA) closed out the week in sole possession of first place in the league. The Eagles still have 10 league games to play. They are trailed closely by Upper Dauphin Area (8-1 TVAA). East Juniata (6-2), who handed UDA its first TVAA loss April 26, sits in third place. Millersburg Area (7-3) and Halifax Area (4-3) are in the mix.

The Wildcats tried even harder to tighten things up April 25 when they hosted the Line Mountain Eagles – taking a 2-0 lead after one inning – but rain made the field unplayable and the remainder of the game is postponed until Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m.

In Schuylkill Division 2, Tri-Valley (10-1 Division 2) has fought through some tough battles in the past week and has emerged in sole possession of first place. Schuylkill Haven (8-2, D-2) is in second and Minersville (7-3, D-2) is in third.

As for postseason district playoffs, all six teams currently have an opportunity to qualify. In District 3-A, the top eight teams will qualify. Millersburg, the only local squad involved, is rated third after games played through April 24.

n District 3-AA, also qualifying eight teams, UDA currently is seeded second while Halifax is ninth.

There are plenty of games to be played until all this sorts itself out.

East Juniata 10, UDA 2, April 26. The Trojans are starting to not like Saturday games, managing only four hits as East Juniata handed them their first TVL loss of the season.

UDA 8, Newport 4, April 25. Mac Ney had a home run and drove in four runs as UDA beat out the rain to drop Newport. Tanner Miller had two hits, scored three runs and two RBIs.

UDA 13, Juniata 3, April 23 (six innings). Tim Cleveland had a double and drove in four runs to lead the UDA offense.

The Trojans had 10 hits. Ney, Matt Deitrich Casey Wise, Trey Campbell and Peyton Barge each smacked a double. Deitrich had two hits.

Dylan Lesher was the winning pitcher, throwing all six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits.

Line Mountain 10, Greenwood 0, April 23 (five innings). Cory Warford (three innings) and John Yerger (two innings) combined for a no-hitter in this 10-run-rule shortened game.

The Eagles had 10 hits, with J.P. Lenker (three RBIs), Colton Gaw (two RBIs) and Cody Romanoskie collecting two apiece. Kellan Masser scored three runs, hit a double and stole two bases. Brady Michael drove in two RBIs and stole two bases.

Halifax 2, Newport 1, April 23. Zach Schumber tossed a complete-game two-hitter to lead the ’Cats to victory. Jarret Hoy had two hits for Halifax. The runs came in the first and second innings.

Line Mountain 10, Halifax 9, April 21 (eight innings). Line Mountain came from behind three times but was able to stay unbeaten in the TVAA.

“(This was a) big win for us,” Head Coach Jon Raker said. “A lot of credit goes to both teams for battling back with the game on the line at the end. I was proud of our guys for coming back after letting the lead slip away in the seventh.”

The Wildcats bounced out on top, 2-0, through three innings before the Eagles scored twice in the second and once in the third to take a 3-2 lead. After Halifax tied things back up in the top of the sixth (3-3), Line Mountain took a 5-3 lead at the bottom of the inning.

Halifax’s offense came to life in the top of the seventh, taking a 7-5 lead keyed by a two-run homer from Joe Raker.

The Eagles came right back in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, 7-7, and send it to extra innings. Warford was hit by a pitch and Lenker followed with a double. Gaw then drove them both in with a two-run single.

The Wildcats again took a lead with two runs in the top of the eighth, only to have the Eagles come back with three runs in the home stretch to win the game.

Line Mountain’s Justin Kaleta, who had his first varsity hit in the game, singled. Corey Paul walked. Michael singled to load the bases. Warford followed with a game-tying two-run single and Lenker drew an intentional walk to load the bases. Gaw then hit a deep sacrifice fly to centerfield to win the game.

Schuylkill Division 2

Tri-Valley 16, Millersburg 10, April 26. Millersburg took a 6-0 lead through three innings, but the Bulldogs erupted for 13 runs in the top of the fourth.

Every single player on both teams either scored a run, drove in a run or had at least one hit.

There were plenty of extra-base hits to go around. Tri-Valley’s Hunter Bordner had a double and a two-run homer. Jaden Buchanan had a triple to go with doubles from Devin Masser and Conrad Opozda.

For Millersburg, Connor Keim hit a solo home run and a double to go with his three runs scored and three RBIs. Ethan Troutman had three hits, including a double and a triple. Austin Lehman smacked a triple and drove in two runs. Christian Wingard and Austin Hoke each hit a double.

Cale Bruso pitched 52/3 innings of relief to earn the win for Tri-Valley.

Tri-Valley 12, Weatherly 5, April 25. Chase Schaeffer had three hits, scored three runs and drove in four RBIs to lead the offense. He cracked a three-run homer in the first inning.

Hunter Bornder also had a home run – a three-run shot in the top of the seventh – to round out his two-hit, three-run night. Masser and Billy Wagner each hit a double.

Williams Valley 23, Shenandoah Valley 0, April 25. The Vikings completed an impressive week in which they won four consecutive road games and improved to 7-6 overall.

There were plenty of hitting stars in this game. Tim Schorr was 2-for-3 with five RBIs. Ben Rautzahn’s two hits and four RBIs; Kenny Ross’ two hits and two RBIs; and Jarred Matter’s two hits (including a triple) and two RBIs all supported the cause.

Matter tossed the shutout, allowing only two hits and three walks while striking out six in the process.

Tri-Valley 3, Nativity 2, April 24. Tri-Valley played in – and won – its third consecutive one-run game. Tri-Valley had a 2-0 lead, but the Hilltoppers came back to tie the game, 2-2, heading into the bottom of the sixth.

The Bulldogs regained the lead in the bottom of that inning on an RBI single from Buchanan. The ’Dawgs committed an error in the top of the seventh, allowing Nativity to put a runner at third base with just one out. Masser, who came in to pitch in relief in the sixth inning, was able to force two ground outs to earn the victory.

Williams Valley 13, Weatherly 5, April 24. Stephen Sedesse had four hits (including a double) and drove in four runs to lead the Viking 14-hit attack. Matter had a pair of hits and two RBIs. Garrett Zimmerman also had two hits.

Williams Valley 13, Nativity 0, April 23 (five innings). All systems worked together on this night as the ’Vikes blanked Nativity in five innings.

Sedesse pitched the complete game and allowed just one hit to get the win. He also had three hits and three RBIs.

There were plenty of offensive stars in this 14-hit attack. Matter was 2-for-4. Rautzahn had two hits, including a double and two RBIs. Trevor Whelski smacked a triple. Noah Crisswell had two hits, including a double and two RBIs.

Tri-Valley 5, Marian 4, April 23. Hunter Herb’s grand slam in the top of the first keyed the Bulldogs’ five-run start to the game.

Behind Bordner’s pitching, the ’Dawgs held on for a crucial SCL Division 2 win.

Opozda had three hits. Cale Bruso had two hits and Bordner helped the cause with two more, including a double and an RBI.

Tri-Valley 2, Minersville 1, April 21. Masser allowed just one run on two hits over five innings as the Bulldogs picked up a huge SCL Division 2 win. The Miners had defeated the ’Dawgs, 10-0, in their first meeting of the year.

“(Masser) did a tremendous job. He battled and made good pitches when he had to. He is a fierce competitor. We needed him to give us innings because of playing five games this week. He is a senior leader and stepped up big time,” Head Coach Bob Felty Sr. said. “(Bordner) came in and did his job as well.”

Bordner pitched the final two innings, allowing no hits, to earn the save.

Opozda and Buchanan, the eighth and ninth batters in the Tri-Valley order, each scored a run in the top of the third. Buchanan drove in Opozda and Bruso knocked in Buchanan.

“It’s a big win for us and we are playing one game at a time because the division is so well balanced,” Felty said.

Williams Valley 4, Mahanoy Area 2, April 21. The Vikings started a string of four consecutive wins this week behind a complete-game, four-hit performance from Matter. He walked one and struck out seven batters.

The game was tied, 1-1, heading into the top of the sixth inning when the Vikings plated three runs. Matter drove in the go-ahead run and and Whelski doubled to send in two more.



  

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