The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 18, 2014

American Legion: Selinsgrove rallies for win over Line Mountain

MANDATA — Brent Beiler had contemplated pulling Tyler Showers after the fifth inning after watching Line Mountain hit some solid shots in the bottom of the fifth. It’s a good thing the fill-in manager chose not to because he would have spoiled a great seven-inning performance by the young hurler.

Showers set down the final six batters as visiting Selinsgrove rallied from an early deficit with some late-inning offensive fireworks to down Line Mountain, 5-1, Wednesday in American Legion baseball.

“He was struggling with his curve ball but his pitch count was low and I decided to let him try and finish the game,” Beiler said, who was subbing for team manager Bryan Mohr, who is away. “He was great the rest of the way and then our offense caught fire in the sixth and we took advantage of a few breaks to break the tie and provide him with some breathing room and our defense also took over.”

Aidan Greak opened the top of the sixth by hitting a ball off the top of the left field fence for a double before Colton Brouse dropped a single in between three fielders in short center field. Unfortunately, the relay attempting to get the runner at third went out of bounds allowing one run to score and give the visitors a 2-1 lead and putting Brouse on third, who came home one out later on Tyler Cook’s sacrifice fly to increase the advantage to 3-1.

Hard-luck loser Austin Snyder appeared to get out of the seventh after getting out the first two batters, but Greak walked and advanced to third on a bad pick-off throw and came home on Brouse’s RBI-double while Showers’ pop single to right put the home team down on the scoreboard, 5-1.

“We got some timely hits in the sixth and seventh innings,” Beiler said. “It doesn’t always happen that way but tonight it did.”

Line Mountain took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Erik Smeltz belted a 3-0 pitch for a solo home run to left field but that would be all the offense the losers would generate against Showers in the game.

“Our offense has been struggling all season,” Line Mountain manager Sam Strause said. “We had a few opportunities but could not take advantage of them.”

Troy Harris singled to open the second for Line Mountain and Snyder walked, however Showers buckled down and easily put down the next three and had put two runners on base in the fourth, but could not push any runs across the plate.

“We got some good swings against Showers, but just couldn’t get that one to produce a run,” Strause said.

The defense, which had been solid all year despite the team being saddled with a 2-6 record, deserted the team in the sixth and seventh, accounting for three miscues that helped Selinsgrove produce four of its five runs in the contest.

“We’ve had good pitching and a reliable defense but today we just made a few too many mistakes,” Strause said. “It was a matter of having a defensive lapse at the wrong time.”

Brouse paced the winners (3-1) with two singles and a double followed by Ryan with two singles.

Line Mountain was led by Smeltz with a home run and single followed by Brady Michael, Troy Harris and Austin Snyder with one single apiece.

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