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May 26, 2013

H.S. baseball: Shamokin falls to Jersey Shore in Class AAA semis

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The Indians (10-11) left a runner stranded in six different innings and managed to collect just five singles in the loss off Glunk and Eiswerth. No Indians batter had more than one hit. The pitching duo by Shore (16-3) combined for 11 strikeouts, 8 coming from the arm of Glunk.

"We didn't get the big hit and credit to them. Their pitcher, until the last inning, was in control," Shamokin coach Billy Clark said of Glunk. "He was throwing the ball where he wanted to, throwing strikes at the knees with all three pitches (and) keeping us off balance. We didn't get many good swings on him. They're a good ball club. They caught the balls that we did hit to them. They outplayed us."

Shamokin had a chance to put runs on the board in the fourth inning when Mallett and Miller each started the inning off with consecutive singles. Rodarmel struck out the next at-bat before Brody Young hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Shamokin's Austin Fry went all seven innings on the mound and allowed just one extra base hit in the loss.

Jersey Shore jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Zach Miller hit a hard shot between second and first into shallow right field to drive in Costa, who beat out a throw to reach on a short single.

The Bulldogs tacked on another run in the fourth thanks to an error in right field, allowing Zach Depasqua -- who reached on a single into left -- to cross the plate.

"It's a game of inches. I'm proud of our guys," Clark said. "They're a very good team and not a whole lot of people expected us to win that game, but we had opportunities. We just didn't capitalize."

Jersey Shore faces the winner of the Mifflinburg/Midd-West game for the right to claim the District 4 Class AAA banner and play in the PIAA state tournament.

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