By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
WILLIAMSPORT -- The pitch got away from him as he threw it and Jersey Shore pitcher Chris Glunk watched as it nipped Shamokin's Josiah Miller.
Miller tossed his bat aside and trotted down the first base line to load the bases for the Indians with no outs in the sixth inning.
Shamokin was trailing Jersey Shore by two runs in the District 4 Class AAA semifinal game at Bowman Field on Saturday and this looked like it was going to be their time to get something going offensively.
That's when Bulldogs coach Matt O'Brien went to the mound and decided he'd make a pitching change, bringing in Travis Eiswerth.
The Indians' rally threat lasted just two batters as Eiswerth struck out Mike Rodarmel before Brody Young hit a shot into center field that ended up resulting in a double-play due to some base running confusion to get Jersey Shore out of harms' way.
That sixth inning turned out to be Shamokin's best chance at scoring and taking a lead as Jersey Shore left Williamsport with a 2-0 win on Saturday to move onto the District 4 Class AAA finals.
Young's shot looked as if Boone Costa had successful dove and caught it, but he came up just short on the attempt. The confusion resulted in all the base runners thinking they had to tag up before going and getting caught in the base paths. Jersey Shore got the quick force out at second before tagging out Nate Mallett between second and third.
"It was just a good attitude and max effort and I think they showed that," Jersey Shore coach Matt O'Brien said. "(Costa) did a good job and when plays like that happens, heck breaks loose. It's normally 'where do I throw the ball?' and they did a good enough job to know where to get the ball and go from there."