The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 25, 2013

Little League baseball: Ramirez fans 10 for Lewisburg Majors

Winners belt three straight home runs


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---- — By Anthony Mitchell

For The Daily Item

LEWISBURG -- To say Andrew Ramirez was in the zone Tuesday would be an understatement.

The Lewisburg hurler allowed one hit over 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball to carry Lewisburg to an 11-0 victory over Selinsgrove in the District 13 Area II Major tournament.

Selinsgrove's Christian Kantz reached safely with an infield single on a ground ball to shortstop in the second inning. Little did the fans at Danny Green Field know it would be the only hit Selinsgrove could muster off Lewisburg pitching.

"Just starting in an All-Star game meant a lot to me so I gave it 100 percent and got it done," Ramirez said.

Ramirez sent 10 batters back to the dugout on strikes and induced weak grounders or liners when the bat did meet the ball. Besides the strikeouts, Ramirez showed that he was in control of his fastball, pounding the plate and surrendering just two walks.

"When (Ramirez) throws strikes, he's awfully difficult," Lewisburg manager Jim Snyder said.

Twice, in the first and third innings, Ramirez retired Selinsgrove in order. He saw more than four hitters in an inning one time.

"I knew I had a good defense behind me so I kept throwing strikes," Ramirez said.

Ramirez was not simply a force on the mound; he swung a heavy stick as well. He followed up a fourth-inning single with a lead-off home run in the top of the sixth.

Perhaps inspired by their pitcher sending one over the fence, Dakotah Snyder and Nick Shedleski followed with round-trippers in succession. Not to be left out, Peter Kinnaman smacked a pitch over the left-field fence with two outs to push the lead to 11-0.

Ramirez sat down his final hitter on strikes to start the sixth and gave up the ball after reaching the 85-pitch limit for Little League. Dakotah Snyder came on to finish the job, recording both of his outs on strikeouts.

Dakotah Snyder was efficient on the mound to close out the Lewisburg victory, but he starred at the dish throughout the game. He mashed Selinsgrove pitching for a perfect 4-for-4 day -- falling a triple short of a cycle with a single, two doubles and the sixth-inning home run -- with five RBIs.

"The ball came in, and I just swung hard as I could and tried to find the gap," Dakotah Snyder said.

Lewisburg's offense clicked long before the breakout sixth, as Brock Noone got the game started with a double. Dakotah Snyder brought Noone around on a single to center to start the scoring. Noone and Snyder each pounded RBI hits in the second to run the lead to 4-0 after a Colt Kline RBI grounder early in the frame.

A two-RBI double by Dakotah Snyder in the top of the fourth gave Ramirez a six-run cushion on the mound, which was more than enough considering his strong pitching.