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June 16, 2013

American Legion: Berwick shakes off early deficit against Line Mountain

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"I was happy. I was hoping we'd be able to play the whole game out," Strause said.

When Berwick pushed across another run in the fifth and three more in the sixth, though, Line Mountain could not respond again and the game ended in six innings.

"We played hard the whole game, and the boys have a lot of pride, but sometimes it just is what it is," Strause said.

Despite the staggering final score, Line Mountain held the lead early on.

After Berwick scored one run to start the game, Line Mountain plated three runs in its half of the first inning.

Line Mountain took advantage of DeNoia's early control problems. Adams was hit by pitch to lead off, and DeNoia then loaded the bases with two walks. Clean-up hitter Brady Renn hit a broken-bat single to drive in two runs, and Wade Wetzel followed with an RBI single to right field.

"[DeNoia is] normally on," said Papada, who said he did not know what made DeNoia struggle early. "Him walking that many batters early was really surprising."

Line Mountain also scored a run in the second inning to take its largest lead, at 4-1.

DeNoia eventually settled in, though, and struck out six in four innings of work.

"We knew it would happen," Papada said of DeNoia improving on the mound.

With several players missing from his lineup due to various reasons, Strause saw the eventually-lopsided game as a good experience for those who did play. Papada also said he was happy about how his younger players who stepped in performed.

"It was good experience for the young guys, no doubt about it," Strause said.

"They get a good look at better competition. It's a good measuring stick for the young kids."

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