Queen­stown keeps it tidy, re­mains un­beaten

Price, Usil­ton pair up in 5-in­ning rout

Record Observer - - Sports - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­dem.com

FRUITLAND — It was a case of an­other game, and an­other rout-rule vic­tory for Queen­stown Bank’s Big League base­ball team.

But, though Queen­stown had blown out the same team six days prior, Wed­nes­day night’s 11-1, five-in­ning vic­tory over the Shore­byrds wasn’t as lop­sided as it ap­peared.

“They looked a lot bet­ter against us tonight,” Queen­stown head coach Jerry Ste­wart said. “They hit the ball bet­ter, they ran the bases bet­ter; they’re al­ready im­proved a lot, in just one week.”

The Shore­byrds (0-3), play­ing the guests this time, opened with back-to­back sin­gles by Brant Smith and Ryan Lewis — one more hit than the team had in the 10-0 loss June 2. A sac­ri­fice bunt put both run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion, but Queen­stown starter Jaret Price re­tired the next two hit­ters to strand them there.

Queen­stown (3-0) re­sponded with five runs in the bot­tom of the first.

Tucker Hein­lein and Bren­nan Shin­ski walked to be­gin the spurt. C.J. Chansler sin­gled to score Hein­lein and move Shin­ski to third. Chansler ad­vanced to sec­ond when the ball was bob­bled in left field.

A one-out walk to Aaron Good loaded the bases, and An­drew Risher dou­bled to left field, scor­ing Shin­ski and Chansler to make it 3-0. Price’s in­field sin­gle scored Good, and Risher came home mo­ments later on a de­layed dou­ble-steal.

The Shore­byrds got two walks to be­gin the sec­ond in­ning, but again, no­body scored. This time, af­ter an­other well-ex­e­cuted sac bunt moved both men into scor­ing po­si­tion, the lead run­ner, Trevor Owens, dashed home on a straight-steal at­tempt with two down.

As Shore­byrds coach Kyle Daubert yelled for the bat­ter, Cameron White, not to swing, Owens came in. But Queen­stown catcher Brady Wilkins

beat him to the dish, ap­ply­ing the tag to end the in­ning.

“I thought he was safe on that one,” said Daubert, whose team is largely made up of Park­side High’s ju­nior var­sity. “But I think we have im­proved. I can see it . ... I’m try­ing to carry on the same thing we’d been do­ing on jayvee all year — you go out and ex­pect suc­cess. You come up plan­ning to get a hit, to get on base.”

The Shore­byrds got on the board in the top of the fourth. Lewis reached on a fielder’s choice with two outs, and stole sec­ond base. An in­field er­ror moved him to third, and a passed ball brought him home to make it 5-1.

Queen­stown got the run right back in the bot­tom of the in­ning, though, on Tyler Hard­ing’s solo homer to left.

Four straight walks, the last to James Hast­ings, be­gan the de­ci­sive bot­tom of the fifth.

Wilkins fol­lowed Hast­ings with a two-run sin­gle that made it 9-1, and a walk to Hein­lein loaded the bases. A wild pitch scored Hast­ings and moved Wilkins, the 11th run, to third base. Af­ter Shin­ski drew his sec­ond walk, Chansler came up and hit a pop-up to short.

Though the bases were loaded with no outs and the ball clearly had no chance of leav­ing the in­field, nei­ther of the game’s two um­pires called an in­field fly. The ball landed near sec­ond base, and Wilkins dashed home to score the game-end­ing tally.

“We’ve had some good games so far,” Ste­wart said. “And Jaret, and then Alex Usil­ton, who pitched the last in­ning for us tonight, did a good job. But we’ve got a dou­ble­header Sun­day at Lock­er­man [Park in Den­ton]. And that’s gonna be a true test for us.”

That twin­bill, against Toronto’s Woes, re­port­edly the best of the three teams in Dis­trict 8, which in­cludes the Lower Eastern Shore, is sched­uled for a 3 p.m. start.

Queen­stown cen­ter fielder Devin Led­num had a sin­gle and stolen base in the sec­ond in­ning. Hast­ings and Wilkins both sin­gled in the third.

Editor’s note: The Shore­byrds were in­cor­rectly iden­ti­fied as Toronto’s Woes in the June 3 edi­tion of The Star Demo­crat. The Star Demo­crat re­grets the er­ror. Fol­low me on Twit­ter:

@Davetalkss­ports.

PHOTO BY DAVID INSLEY

Queen­stown Bank right-han­der Jaret Price went four in­nings on last Wed­nes­day to pick up the win, as his team de­feated Shore­byrds, 11-1, in five in­nings, to im­prove to 3-0. Price struck out four, al­low­ing an un­earned run in the win.

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