LOMA ases past Glenside
With a shortened roster due to some absent players, the players who showed up for Glenside put their best effort forward, but fell short and were forced to watch as their season ended on Wednesday night.
While missing a few of their key players, the Hawks were unable to overcome a poor start against LOMA, falling 9-2 in a one-game playoff in a Pen-Del League postseason game at Alvethorpe Park.
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“I don’t know what to say,” Glenside’s Tim Foulkrod said. “We battled, but we were short guys for the most part for the whole season. But the guys who came went out there and we put together a team and made it to the playoffs, so we’ll do it again next year. Everyone who showed up we were real happy with. They came out and gave 110 percent and that’s all you can ask for.”
Glenside was without two of its starting pitchers from last year, while also missing its starting catcher and shortstop on Wednesday.
“One of my regular players is only available a couple of times a week and I consider him the best hitter in the league,” Glenside coach Joe Schroeck said of John Drozdowski, who hit .370 this season. “Considering what we had tonight, I thought they did a decent job. Walks and hit batters killed us. ELOMAF didn’t hit us too much, but they killed us with walks and hit batters.”
Glenside’s pitchers walked six batters and hit four more with pitches, which led to much of LOMA’s offense.
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“We’ll keep at it,” Schroeck said. “We got to the playoffs and you go in cycles. This was a low cycle, but we’ve been high for the last 7-8 years, so hopefully we’ll get back up again. The fellows who were here tried hard I hope they learned something.”
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Glenside, the No. 6 seed, had its season ended with an overall record of 14-30.
“We’ll be right back here next year and we’ll come right back and do it again,” Foulkrod said. “We were very happy with the effort from the people who showed up.”