The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 26, 2013

H.S. baseball: Southern Columbia sophomore tosses 2-hit shutout over East Juniata


"When you get behind, you can't flustered," he said. "My defense helped me out -- because you've got to put the ball over the plate more when you're behind. They made some big plays."

Wilson admitted Southern's first-inning runs helped him relax more than his own 1-2-3 first inning.

The first of Taylor Young's three hits was followed by two-out RBI singles from Tyler Behrent and Blake Marks.

In the third, Mason Peters and Young singled with one out before Behrent came through again for a 3-0 lead.

Then, after failing to score in the fourth with one out and the bases loaded, Southern filled the sacks again in the fifth with two down. Seven-hole-hitter Nate Hunter rocked a 1-2 fastball to left field, past a diving Rowe, to make it 5-0.

"They were all big hits," Randy Young said. "All of them had confidence in their swings, and none of them were really ropes with the exception of Hunter. They were all just, Get a single; try to get that run in."

Hunter's two-run double prompted Brubaker relieve one Tri-Valley League first team all-star (Ryan Stuck) with another (Nick Lorenz). The junior right-hander got out of the fifth with a strikeout and finished with four over 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

"The decision (of who to start) was made strictly on the defense we could put on the field," said Brubaker. "I felt with Nick at short and our guys in their regular positions, we were stronger. That was the deciding factor."

Brubaker said East Juniata (14-5) finished one win short of two goals: the TVL title (won by Halifax) and a trip to Bowman Field.

"Overall, we had a really good season," he added. "There were just good teams we ran into that beat us."

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