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Post 594 Legion baseball team dealt 2 more losses

By Larry Etter

Press & Journal Staff

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Posted 7/3/19

The Dauphin County American Legion baseball teams were all operating in catch-up mode the past week as each tried to pack in a lot of games in a short period of time.

With the regular …

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Post 594 Legion baseball team dealt 2 more losses

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The Dauphin County American Legion baseball teams were all operating in catch-up mode the past week as each tried to pack in a lot of games in a short period of time.

With the regular season-ending date approaching quickly, most teams were scrambling to reschedule games postponed because of rainouts.

Middletown’s entry was no exception.

Post 594 did get a couple games in but, because of its sub-.500 record, the results were not what they had hoped for.

“Playoffs look to be doubtful because we are now 3-7, but we are playing close, competitive games,” head coach Jason Wagner said following another pair of losses last week. “Just can’t seem to get into the winning column. Our pitching has been good overall, but we need to get those bats rolling.”

Hershey 11, Middletown 7

Hitting was not much of a problem for Post 594 on Monday, June 24, as the team scored 7 runs against Hershey.

It was just simply a matter of Hershey’s bats being a bit better.

Hershey scored one run in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead, but Post 594 collected 4 runs in the top of the second to jump out in front.

In the top of the fourth frame, Middletown scored 4 more runs to go up by an encouraging 7-4 edge.

But Post 386 erupted for 6 runs in the home half of the fourth to take control. One more run for the home team in the bottom of the sixth and a shutout in the top of the seventh locked down the win.

The four-run fourth was keyed by RBI hits from Collin Heffner, P.J. Sidhu and Garrett Miller.

Post 594 punched out 9 hits in the loss, led by Scott Ash and Tim Wagner with two hits each.

Brady Keyser took the loss on the mound, going five innings with two strikeouts, but giving up 12 hits against the solid Hershey lineup.

Kevin Gamber had the big stick for Post 386, going 4-for-4 at the plate. Colin Bergen earned the win in relief of starter Zach Knull.

Lawnton 2, Middletown 1

On Tuesday, June 25, at home the Legion team could have used just a couple hits for a win but, instead, got locked up in a pitchers’ duel with visiting Lawnton.

David Alcock was solid on the mound, going the distance with four strikeouts against just a single walk. But Lawnton made the most of seven hits to plate a pair of runs which proved to be enough for the victory.

Post 594 got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning via an RBI single by Alcock. Unfortunately, that turned out to be the lone run the Middletown team would get against Lawnton ace Caden Hendrickson who, like Alcock, went the distance for the visitors. He gave up two hits and one run while striking out four.

Avery Williams recorded the only other hit for Post 594.

Lawnton picked up its only two runs in the top of the third inning. The runs came on RBI singles by Julian Santana and Eli Kerns.

Rafael Gonzalez and Anthony Damone had multiple hits for Lawnton.