"This is an incredible gritty group, a tough group, and Brady exemplified that," said Milton assistant coach Aaron Ettinger, who ran the team Wednesday while second-year coach Chace Phillips served a one-game suspension for being ejected from last season's District 4 Class AAA championship game. "(Chappell) hasn't practiced for two consecutive days, and for him to come out and have the performance he had really shows something."
The Seals showed a lot, as well. With only 20 hours notice due to a schedule hiccup, they followed a 1-2-3 first inning with scoring chances in every other frame.
In both the second and fifth innings, Selinsgrove turned leadoff walks into runs by consistently putting the bat on the ball. In the second, Colby Crissinger and Austin Benner knocked in runs with groundballs; Crissinger's sacrifice fly in the fifth made it 5-3.
"They did a great job of taking advantage of those situations," said Chappell.
"We had opportunities; we did a lot of things right," said Seals coach Brent Beiler. "There are a lot of things I want to talk about now, things you don't always think about until you have a scrimmage or a game. It came at the cost of a loss, obviously, but we come out of here with a lot of positives."
Selinsgrove could have scored a sixth run in the sixth when Manny Little, running for sophomore DH Zach Hendricks (3-for-3, 2 RBIs), bolted from third on a pitch that got past Chappell. The flip from Chappell to reliever Damian Moyer covering the plate made it a bang-bang play and Little was called out to end the inning.
"Tough break there in the sixth," said Beiler. "We had a nice bunt and went first-to-third and didn't get the call at home, but sometimes it happens that way."