The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 20, 2013

American Legion baseball: Five-run fifth sparks Selinsgrove to win

Five-run fifth sparks Selinsgrove to win

By Eric Shultz

For The Daily Item

SHAMOKIN -- The top three spots of Selinsgrove's order was on fire from beginning to end Wednesday.

The consistent hitting eliminated any problems that could have occurred from a blown opportunity early on for Post 25. Even though Shamokin/Mount Carmel starting pitcher Austin Fry kept Ryan Wagner, Tyler Cook and Justin Keiser stranded on base to end the first inning, the three continued to bat well to lead Selinsgrove to a 13-1 victory Wednesday.

"We did all the little things right. They saw a lot of pitches, they got into the bullpen pretty early," said Selinsgrove coach Bryan Mohr. "They executed well -- they got hits in timely positions, which we haven't been doing the entire year. Things are starting to turn around for us, and I think we're looking up right now."

Selinsgrove (3-3) started the scoring in the third inning. Wagner led off the frame with a single and was moved to second on a bunt from Cook before stealing third.

Keiser then sent Wagner home on a single and crossed the plate later in the inning on a grounder up the middle by Aidan Greak.

The next inning, Wagner picked up an RBI on a single and scored on an error.

The top of Post 25's order also highlighted the team's five-run sixth inning, which began with Michael Pupo coming to the mound in relief for Shamokin/Mount Carmel.

Wagner, Cook and Keiser all hit RBI doubles to start the rally's scoring. Keiser added another run when Austin Benner was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Kyle Pannebaker then tacked on the inning's final run when Aaron Shaffer drew a bases-loaded walk.

Overall, Wagner went 4-for-4, scoring four runs and driving in two. Cook ended the day 3-for-3 with two runs and one RBI, and Keiser went 2-for-3 with three runs and 2 RBIs.

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