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Losses drop Legion baseball team under .500

By Larry Etter

Press & Journal Staff

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Posted 6/26/19

Middletown’s American Legion baseball team suffered a pair of losses last week and slipped under .500 for the season with a 3-4 record.

On June 17, Post 594 was dealt a 9-4 setback at home …

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Losses drop Legion baseball team under .500

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Middletown’s American Legion baseball team suffered a pair of losses last week and slipped under .500 for the season with a 3-4 record.

On June 17, Post 594 was dealt a 9-4 setback at home against visiting Susquehanna Township. On Tuesday, June 18, Middletown came up just short in a 1-0 loss to visiting Paxton in a tense contest.

As has been the case this season, a couple other games were washed out by rain and will be rescheduled.

Susquehanna Township 9, Middletown 4

According to head coach Jason Wagner, his team fell behind early against Post 1001 and could not make up the lost ground in the 9-4 loss at home.

Post 594 collected several hits against Susquehanna starter Lucas Balistrere but could not produce any runs until late in the game.

Post 1001, however, had the big bats going and recorded 13 hits in all, led by Evan Cary with four.

Post 1001 scored 5 runs in the first two innings to take the big lead. A bases-loaded walk, a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly plated three runs in the first frame. Two more runs crossed the plate in the second stanza, pushing the Middletown team into a deep hole. Stolen bases also led to runs.

Post 594 scored three of its runs in the seventh inning as the team tried to rally from the 9-1 deficit.

A single by Scott Ash and a double by Brady Keyser produced the three runs against relievers Andrew Poplask and Javier Perez. But the home team would get no more.

Balistrere went 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts to pick up the win.

Keyser, Tim Wagner, Avery Williams, David Alcock, Matt Schopf, Cam Peters and Ash collected hits for Post 594.

Paxton 1, Middletown 0

In a tight pitching duel on June 18, both Middletown starter Ash and Paxton hurler Joel Sneeringer put on a great show on the mound for local fans.

Unfortunately, Sneeringer was aided by a run to earn the hard-fought victory.

Ash took the hill early and threw a gem, recording 21 outs, but his offensive mates were held in check by Sneeringer throughout the contest.

Ash went seven innings, allowing just one run and five hits while striking out seven against just one walk.

Scott McManamon, who threw one inning in relief, had two hits to lead his team.

The Paxton defense, led by David Shroyer, played flawlessly throughout the game to help ensure the victory.

Alcock and Garrett Miller recorded the only two hits for the Middletown side in the loss.