Queenstown keeps it tidy, remains unbeaten
Price, Usilton pair up in 5-inning rout
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:
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.