SEALS MAKING IT THROUGH ROUGH WEEK: The terrible early spring weather forced many teams to bunch games (poor Montoursville played just three times prior to this week), with make-ups slotted amid typical three-game weeks.
Selinsgrove was 3-5 after last Thursday’s loss to Hughesville and staring at a string of four games in five days this week, including three against HAC-I foes and the other against HAC-III power Southern Columbia.
“After last (Thursday), I said one week from now we can really control our own destiny,” Seals coach Brent Beiler recalled. “I said, ‘We’ll see if we’re smiling or not.’”
They’ve won two of three ahead of today’s game with Milton, getting strong starts from Isaiah Rapp, Colton Brouse and Justin Geedey to move within a game of .500.
“If we can get out of here with three wins this week, I’d say that’s a good week,” said Beiler.
The Shikellamy tournament consolation game between the Seals and host Braves (postponed April 12) was rescheduled for May 14.
GROWING PAINS: Chace Phillips was disappointed with Wednesday’s loss, which dropped Milton a game below .500.
He was encouraged, however, that the Black Panthers (who are loaded with first-year starters) have more than half the season to earn the playoff berth that eluded them by two wins last season.
“We’ve still got a lot of time,” he said. “We’re in every game, and we’re improving.”
Unfortunately for them, part of the Black Panthers’ growing pains has been losing late leads.
They led defending HAC-I champion Jersey Shore by two runs in the sixth inning in an eventual 8-4 loss, and also gave away a five-run lead in the sixth at Warrior Run.
“We could very easily have two more wins, (but) we could very easily have two more losses,” Phillips said.
n Scott Dudinskie covers high school baseball for The Daily Item. Email questions or comments to email@example.com.