By Todd Hummel
For The Daily Item
DANVILLE -- Some times a lower seed catches fire at the right time in the Susquehanna Valley American Legion League playoffs and Wednesday night had all of those ear marks for the Shamokin/Mount Carmel American Legion baseball team.
A night after beating higher-seed Sunbury/Northumberland with a late-game rally, Shamokin/Mount Carmel starter Zach Tocyloski escaped two early jams at Danville with double plays.
Meanwhile, Shamokin/Mount Carmel had scratched out a run in the top of the fourth against Danville starter Mason Fausnaught.
However, Danville manager Harold Albertson wasn't worried in the least.
I wasn't (getting frustrated)," Albertson said after the game. "The second (double play) Scotty (Heeter) hit into if their pitcher doesn't get a glove on it and redirect it, it's a single up the middle and we lead 2-0.
"Our bats have gotten hot the last three or four games, we've been stinging the ball."
Danville quickly tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on Fausnaught's RBI double, and then took advantage of four Shamokin/Mount Carmel errors to break open the game in a 7-2 victory.
"Obviously, that fourth inning was a killer," Shamokin/Mount Carmel coach Shawn Kalinoski said. "We just started throwing the ball around. Those are mistakes we can't be making at this point in the season."
Danville improves to 12-6 on the season and will travel to Berwick for the winners' bracket final at 5:30 p.m. today at the North Berwick Field. Shamokin/Mount Carmel drops to 9-9 and faces West Snyder.
Fausnaught was outstanding again on the mound for Danville.
"He's thrown a good game every time he's taken the rubber this season. We lost a 2-1 and 1-0 game with him on the mound when the bats didn't respond, but Mason has thrown well all year," Albertson said. "He's always around the plate and very competitive."