By Marion Valanoski
For The Daily Item
DANVILLE -- Shane Hendricks performed masterfully Saturday, like a Grand Master in an international chess tournament, expertly putting his players in position to be successful.
The Selinsgrove manager manipulated four pitchers who exacted 13 strikeouts en route to leading the home team past North Columbia, 7-0, at the Washies Complex. The win avenged an earlier 2-1 loss that put them in the losers bracket where a defeat ends your season.
"The first time we made two mental mistakes that cost us runs," the Selinsgrove manager said. "I mismanaged my pitchers that game."
There would be no misuse of the staff this time around as Noah Hendricks (3 strikeouts), Logan Leiby (5), Blaise Zeiders (5) and Bailey Hottenstein combined for 13 strikeouts while allowing just two hits in earning a date Monday with Warrior Run.
Kody Showers singled while Drew Gabrielson reached on an error and Hendricks walked to load the bases for Selinsgrove in the bottom of the first. Logan Leiby lined a two-run single to right while Jaydon Geiswhite followed with a run-scoring single for a 3-0 lead. After a flyout, Adam Ritter reached on a fielding miscue with another run crossing the plate before Ryan Reed grounded out to first to drive in the fifth run of the inning.
Selinsgrove tacked on another run in the second after the loading the bases. Leiby popped a single into center for an RBI putting North Columbia down 6-0.
"We were really aggressive at the plate in the first," Hendricks said. "I thought we did a great job of running the bases and were great in manufacturing runs in the first. That gave us the momentum."
North Columbia loaded the bases in the second on two walks and a single by Jake Hunter. However, Leiby picked up one of his five strikeouts to end the threat. In the third, after giving up a single to Danny Senegra and walk to Zane Robbins, the winning pitcher easily set down the next three hitters to end North Columbia's last serious threat.