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Middletown American Legion baseball splits first two games

By Larry Etter

Press & Journal Staff

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Posted 6/12/19

Middletown’s Post 594 American Legion baseball team went 1-1 to start the new season following a pair of rainouts in the first week.

On May 31, Post 594 made a short trip to Susquehanna …

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Middletown American Legion baseball splits first two games

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Middletown’s Post 594 American Legion baseball team went 1-1 to start the new season following a pair of rainouts in the first week.

On May 31, Post 594 made a short trip to Susquehanna Township a successful one, coming away with a 4-2 victory over Post 1001. But, on Monday, June 3, at Paxton, the team struggled in a 12-1 setback.

The Dauphin game had been postponed and the Susquehanna game had been rescheduled from May 29. Games against Hershey and Upper Dauphin also were postponed and will be played later.

Middletown 4, Susquehanna 2

Under new head coach Jason Wagner, Post 594 scored one run in each of the first and third innings and added two more in the top of the fifth to secure the win.

Starting pitcher Scott Ash picked up where he left off in the scholastic season, going seven innings for the victory. Ash struck out 10 batters, scattered five hits and yielded just two runs in the complete game decision.

In the first inning, Post 594 took advantage of a Susquehanna fielding error to score the game’s first run. After Middletown picked up another run in the top of the third, Post 1001 tied the game at 2 in the home half of the fourth.

In the top of the fifth, Brady Keyser’s RBI double broke the tie. After scoring an insurance run for a 4-2 lead, Post 594 played flawless defense behind Ash and Justin Yohn’s great work behind the plate. Besides Keyser, Avery Williams, Collin Heffner, Garrett Miller and Ash each recorded hits.

Miller scored a pair of runs while Ash and Tony Powell each scored a run.

Paxton 12, Middletown 1

Obviously the score from the June 3 game at Paxton reflected a different scenario for Post 594 with the 12-1 loss.

Winning pitcher Dylan Sims held the Middletown batters to just three hits while striking out five in the victory for Post 730.

Ash, Cam Peters and David Alcock were the only Post 594 batters to connect against Sims. Middletown scored its only run in the top of the first inning, the run coming when Ash raced home on a Paxton error with Peters at bat. 

Post 730 tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the first and then went ahead, scoring the go-ahead run on a passed ball.

While holding the Middletown offense scoreless the rest of the way, Paxton scored 6 runs in the bottom of the second stanza and 4 more in the home half of the fourth to put the game out of reach. And, while the defense played the game without an error, the offense simply could not get going against Sims.

Joe Barbera and Reilly Shafer each had a pair of hits for the winners. Barbera, Scott McManamon, Josh Dougher and Casey Blask each drove in two runs in the win.