The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 21, 2013

American Legion baseball: Milton falls in opener, plays again this morning

Team must win five in four days


Jeremy Worlinsky intentionally got hung up between first and second on a stolen base attempt during a first-and-third situation with two outs.

Evan McCue broke for home. Milton second baseman Michael Jacobs tracked down Worlinsky and tagged him at about the same time McCue arrived home. The home plate umpire ruled that McCue made it to the plate before the out was recorded.

"It was a banger at the plate," Byers said. "In my eyes, he didn't make it. In their eyes, he did."

Daniel Bridge provided much of the Milton offense. He had two of the four hits, including a double for the only extra-base hit, and scored the only run.

Bridge was the first baserunner with a lead-off single in the fourth. He then led off the ninth with his double.

Damian Moyer's one-out single pushed Bridge to third where he was able to score on Brady Chappell's groundball for the second out.

"Credit to Matty Zielen, he's a bulldog out there," Swoyersville manager Sean Toole said. "And, credit to Milton, they never gave up."

Cody Shaffer kept Swoyersville contained with the help of some outstanding defense. Swoyersville had six runners reach scoring position from the fifth to the eighth inning while leading 2-0, but none scored.

Shaffer struck out six and walked two batters while hitting two others.

Byers said Milton will face West Scranton this morning without Chappell, the catcher, and Josh Brown, the first baseman, because of work commitments.

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