Deep Run han­dles Strouds­burg

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - SPORTS - By Nick Iuele

Close games are in­evitable in a state tour­na­ment. Ev­ery team is giv­ing their ab­so­lute best, es­pe­cially in a dou­ble elim­i­na­tion sce­nario. The best way to come out with a win in that sit­u­a­tion is to out-hit the op­po­si­tion. Deep Run hit its way to an open­ing game win.

Led by a 10-hit out­put from the of­fense, Deep Run over­came a see-saw game early to down Strouds­burg, 9-5, on Thurs­day at Lime­port. Al­though the two clubs traded runs early on, three mul­ti­ple-run in­nings LQ WKH WKLUG, IRuUWK DQG fiIWK made sure Deep Run kept its dis­tance and even­tu­ally Strouds­burg ran out of in­nings.

“I think we got good solid pitch­ing, played de­cent de­fense and hit well with two strikes,” Deep Run coach Todd Alder­fer said. “That was re­ally key to the win. We just kept an even keel. We were con­sis­tent and were good on the bases.”

The two teams al­most mir­rored each other in the mid­dle in­nings. Deep Run took a 1-0 lead into the third, but Strouds­burg scored a pair in the top half. That got the Deep Run bats go­ing, how­ever, as Alder­fer’s club dou­bled that in the bot­tom half. RBI sin­gles by Ryan Gor­don, Tyler Freed and Brad Misialek, along with a pair scored on de­fen­sive mis­cues, gave Deep Run what ap­peared to be a se­cure lead.

But Strouds­burg was not there to fold af­ter one in­ning. They fought hard and tied the game in the top of the fourth, an in­ning that would be sparked by an early er­ror.

Tyler Roth’s two-RBI sin­gle DnG 1LFN .LnJ’V VDFrL­fiFH fly JDYH WKHLr FOuE WKH runV LW nHHGHG WR VWDy DOLYH.

The sim­i­lar­i­ties on of­fense stopped there.

Deep Run con­tin­ued to WDNH DGYDnWDJH RI Hr­rRrV, scor­ing a pair on a big mis­cue in the bot­tom half of the fourth to take back the lead al­most im­me­di­ately. In the fiIWK, 7yOHr AOGHrIHr DGGHG WR WKH OHDG wLWK Dn VDFrL­fiFH fly, wKLFK wDV IROORwHG Ey D SHWK FrDnNHn­fiHOG wDON wLWK the bases juiced.

“We were re­ally con­sis­tent at the plate. The guys took ex­tra bases when they were there,” Alder­fer said. “vou can tell their heads were in the game.”

The 9-5 lead was enough IRr rHOLHYHr FrDnNLH BuFDIuri, who threw 3 1/3 in­nings of two-hit, shutout ball. EYDn 7LFH FDPH Ln WKrRwing heat and recorded the ODVW RuW, VHDOLnJ WKH YLFWRry DV SWrRuGVEurJ WKrHDWHnHG with the bases loaded in the VHYHnWK.

“Big Frank came in and threw strikes, which is what we ask of him,” Alder­fer VDLG. “HH GRHVn’W WKrRw YHry KDrG EuW KLV EDOO PRYHV. HH’V D JRRG rHOLDEOH rHOLHYHr EH­cause he is durable.”

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