The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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April 23, 2013

H.S. baseball: Squeeze play lifts Central past Shikellamy in extra innings

By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

SUNBURY-- It's talked about at least once a night during the TV or radio broadcast of a major league baseball game: the lost art of bunting.

On Monday afternoon, Central Columbia showed they have mastered the art, laying down back-to-back bunts, that latter on a squeeze play in the top of the eighth, as they eeked out a 6-5 win over Shikellamy.

The Braves (3-6), held a 3-1 lead going into the top of the fifth, scoring three runs while sending 14 men to the plate in the first two innings.

Logan Hall scored the first run of the game for the Braves in the bottom of the first, after beating out the throw for an infield single. He moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on an ensuing wild pitch to give Shikellamy a 1-0 lead.

Shikellamy left the bases loaded in the first and a total of seven men on base for the game.

Central tied the game in the top of the second when an apparent ground-rule double, as was indicated by Braves center fielder Jordan Garinger, into a home run for Jordan Thivierge after the umpires talked it over.

Shikellamy answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame as Garinger was hit by a pitch with one out, stole second and scored on Colby Lahr's RBI double.

Braves starting pitcher Jake Hare was in command through the first four innings, giving up the home run while striking out two and allowing just two other hits. He induced six fly outs and issued just one walk.

"My hat off to Jake, he threw strikes and threw well," Shikellamy head coach Bobby Felmy said. "His breaking ball was OK and he gave us a good outing."

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