By Todd Hummel
For The Daily Item
DANVILLE -- One game is all Bryson Cromley started on the mound for the Danville American Legion team this season.
However with Mason Fausnaught working and some other Danville pitchers suffering with some minor maladies, the young lefty got the nod on the rubber on Tuesday night in the opening game of the Susquehanna Valley American Legion Tournament against Selinsgrove.
Cromley didn't disappoint, scattering four hits and allowing an earned run, while his teammates backed him up with 12-hit attack in an 11-1 six-inning victory over Selinsgrove.
I pitched one game (this season)," Cromley said. "I was a little nervous. I didn't know I was pitching until warm-ups. We played (Monday) and they didn't say anything. They just came over earlier today and said, you're pitching."
"He pitched one other game for us and did a good job. Mason wasn't here, he had to work, I was going throw him," Albertson said. "Some of other guys are sore, so we're down a couple of arms right now. (Cromley) did a great job, I couldn't have asked for more."
Cromley got half of his 18 outs by ground outs, while striking out three and walking three. He allowed just one earned run in the third inning and after a double play in the fourth retired nine of the final 10 batters he faced.
Danville improves to 11-6 and will host the Sunbury/Northumberland-Shamokin/Mount Carmel winner today at 5:30 p.m. Selinsgrove (7-10) will play the loser at 5:30 p.m.
Danville's offense was just as impressive. As Shayne Riley, Scott Heeter and Cody Keefer — No. 2, 3 and 4 in the Danville order, respectively — combined for seven hits, four runs and seven runs batted in on the day.
"We hit the ball today. We've hit the ball the last couple of games," Albertson said. "We lost at West Snyder (Monday night), but I bet we hit eight line drives right into gloves. We've been having good at bats."
Danville took a 2-0 lead early with single runs in the first and second inning. Colton Riley walked and Shayne Riley singled on a hit-and-run to put runners on the corners. Keefer gave Danville the lead with a sacrifice fly.
Mark Mullery worked a walk to open the second inning and Jalen Bickhart sacrificed him to second. After an out, No. 9 hitter Tyler Fisher gave Danville a 2-0 lead with an RBI single.
After wasting a Colton Brouse leadoff double in the top of the second, Selinsgrove got on the board in the third to cut the Danville lead to 2-1. Colby Crissinger doubled and Austin Benner sacrificed him to second. After an out, Isaiah Rapp singled him home.
Danville got untracked offensively, starting in the bottom of the third inning with nine runs over its final four at bats to end the game via the mercy rule. Shayne Riley doubled and scored in the third on Heeter's double. After Heeter moved to third on a wild pitch, Keefer made it 4-1 with his second sacrifice fly of the game.
Danville added three more in the fifth on Heeter's RBI double and a Keefer RBI single. The third run scored on a throw error. Danville ended the game with four runs in the sixth inning. Shayne Riley had an RBI single, while Heeter added an RBI groundout. Cromley ended the game with a two-run single.