By Brian Holtzapple
For The Daily Item
NORTHUMBERLAND -- Tough losses are hard to forget, but Selinsgrove's 9-10 Division All-Star team will need to come down with a severe case of amnesia pretty darn quick to erase the memories of its game on Tuesday.
But young ballplayers are resilient -- a fact that Selinsgrove will put to the test today as its players try to bounce back from a 24-0, five-inning loss suffered to South Columbia (1) in the District 13 championship game at Acorn Park.
Now Selinsgrove travels to Bloomsburg's Town Park for game two of the District 13 championship series in what manager April Metzger hopes will be a totally different squad that is set to take the field one more time against South Columbia.
"We've played our hearts out the whole tournament, and we're still alive," said Metzger. "We have another game, and we're going to bring it.
"Everyone knows Selinsgrove isn't going to lay down and die," Metzger added. "We are going to comeback (today) and put a team on the field that feels pride, and we're going to hit, we're going to make some outs and we're going to have pitchers throwing strikes. It's just going to be another game for us."
Selinsgrove entered the district championship game undefeated with a scoring average of nearly 12 runs per contest.
But South Columbia played like it had its back to the wall, and with one loss suffered in Area I play, it certainly was do or die time for the squad.
South Columbia made an early statement by scoring three unearned runs in the first inning before it tacked on five more runs in the fourth behind a two-run double from Zach Burkland and an RBI double from Tristan Crawford.
The game then spiraled out of control for Selinsgrove in the fifth when South Columbia sent 21 batters to the plate for a 16-run inning, which came on a total of nine hits and nine walks, including four with the bases loaded.