The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 21, 2014

High school baseball: Brouse, Selinsgrove top Line Mountain in Valley lid-lifter

By Todd Hummel

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- Brent Beiler couldn't have imagined the Selinsgrove baseball opener going any better.

The Seals missed districts by two wins last season, but Beiler didn't want to dwell on that or any other numbers as Selinsgrove started its season on Friday afternoon with Line Mountain.

"We made some team goals this season, but we didn't write down any numbers. We talked about moving runners and damage control," Beiler said. "We moved runners in the first two innings (to get the lead), and to get out of the bases-loaded jam in the fourth without a run was huge."

Colton Brouse kicked off his senior year in style, allowing a run over four innings along with knocking in three runs, as the Seals downed the Eagles 10-2 in the opener for both teams.

"When your seniors step up to get out of a potential big inning, it's going to give you a good chance to win," Beiler said.

Already trailing 6-0 entering the top of the fourth, Line Mountain looked to get back into the game against Brouse, who didn't allow a hit until Cory Warford led off with a single. Warford moved to second when the ball got past the center fielder, and then scored on J.P. Lenker's single to cut the Selinsgrove lead to 6-1.

Colton Gaw and John Yerger eventually drew walks with two outs to load the bases for Line Mountain, but Brouse got the No. 9-hitter to ground out to second and end the threat.

"We were at the spot in the order if we get a hit there, we have the top of the order coming up with men on base and a good chance to get back in the game," Line Mountain coach Jon Raker said. "It just didn't work out."

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