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High School Baseball - Upper Dauphin Area 3,
Both teams were admittedly rusty, but played a good game. The Trojans remained unbeaten with a 3-2 win.
“This felt like our first game of the season all over again,” UDA Head Coach Ryan Lentz said.
“We haven’t had a situational practice in over a week. We haven’t been able to practice the things we normally do,” he added. “Millersburg always plays us tough. Coach Keim has done a nice job pointing that program in the right direction. They have a lot of good young talent and will be a force to be reckoned with.”
Millersburg took the lead, 2-0, in the top of the third inning. Robbie Burger, who had two of Millersburg’s three hits, started the rally with an opposite field single. The first run was forced home on a catcher’s interference. Christian Wingard then got an RBI the hard way, when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The Trojans bounced right back in the bottom of the third, scoring twice to tie the game. Kyle Glouner, who had three of the Trojans’ five hits in the game, doubled home Kaleb Hoch, who had singled to start the inning. Casey Wise later drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the score, 2-2.
Both teams had chances to score in the fourth and fifth innings. The Indians had the sacks full in the fourth but couldn’t score. The Trojans had runners in scoring position in both innings but didn’t score.
UDA scored the winning run in the sixth, but it didn’t look like it would happen at first.
Tanner Miller walked to lead off the inning. Millersburg’s Austin Lehman made an exceptional pick-off move and Miller broke for second base. It appeared the Indians had him nailed, but he managed to beat the rundown and get back to first safely. He then stole second base and took third on an errant pick-off attempt. Glouner roped his second RBI double of the game to drive in the go-ahead run.
“UDA is always well-coached and well-prepared,” Millersburg Head Coach Corey Keim said. “We gave them a game, but came up short. Our hitting needs to be more consistent throughout the lineup. We matched them on the mound and the field, but failed to capitalize upon the opportunities presented. That winning run in the sixth wasn’t as significant as the lack of timely hitting. We must be better than tonight’s performance at the plate.”
Relief pitcher Timmy Cleveland, who had come in at the start of the fifth inning, retired the side in order in the seventh to close out the victory. Cleveland allowed just one walk and struck out two batters in his three innings of work. Glouner pitched the first four innings, allowing three hits and four walks while striking out six batters.
“This was our first look at Timmy this season. Kyle pitched well, but ran into a lot of deep counts. They both pitched very well,” Lentz said.
Millersburg starter Wingard pitched four innings. He allowed four hits, four walks and struck out five batters. Lehman allowed just one hit, struck out two and walked three.