Doylestown staves off elim­i­na­tion

Souderton Independent - - OPINION - By Mike Cabrey

It has been a long sum­mer of base­ball for Doylestown. And by tak­ing ad­van­tage of some mis­cues from Columbia (Md.) Satur­day af­ter­noon, the Tigers made sure their sea­son ex­tended at least one more game.

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“We’re a lit­tle emo­tion­ally drained and phys­i­cally drained with in­juries and stuff. But they gave us a cou­ple of er­rors I guess you could say,” Tigers sec­ond base­man Ryan Gil­bert said. “And we hit in some key spots and didn’t in some key spots, but we still got the job done.”

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“We’ve been play­ing for­ever, a game ev­ery sin­gle day. We’re los­ing guys to col­lege, we’re los­ing guys to in­juries,” Gold­berg said. “At this point, it’s just who has the most heart, who wants it the most. And I re­ally think that this team wants it the most.

“So, we’re look­ing for­ward to play­ing out this tour­na­ment and mov­ing on to (the Amer­i­can Le­gion World Se­ries in) North Carolina.”

GROGEHrJ rHWLrHG WhH firsW nine Columbia (24-7) bat­ters as he al­lowed two runs — one earned — on four hits. He walked three and struck out one.

“I felt great,” he said. “I knew in the bullpen ev­ery­thing was work­ing, so I was just ready to go out there and start throw­ing strikes. I ran into a lit­tle bit of con­trol trou­ble throughout the game — I had three walks, which is more than I usu­ally have, but the de­fense helped me out a lot and it was good stuff to­day.”

Ryan Clow earned the save as he pitched the ninth, walk­ing two and strik­ing out WwR EHIRrH JHWWLnJ D fly RuW WR FHnWHr fiHOG WR sHDO WhH vLF­tory.

“I told them up there (in

the team’s postgame talk), I said, ‘vou bet­ter feel like you got away with one to­day.’ Be­cause we left a lot of men on base,” Tigers coach Steve Ruane said. “vou have to get those runs in.

“Ja­son was the key in shut­ting it down and not let­ting them mount any ral­lies, but if they would have put some ral­lies to­gether, dif­fer­ent ball­game out there. But Ja­son was re­ally pretty good.”

Clay Sebesky was 2-for5 with a run scored as the Tigers to­taled 11 hits, all sin­gles.

“I feel like we’ll come back to­mor­row more en­er­gized, more ready to go of­fen­sively,” Gil­bert said. “And our de­fense will prob­a­bly just be pretty good, as usual.”

Starter Ben Gold­smith took the loss for Columbia, which was elim­i­nated from the tour­na­ment with WKH GHIHDW. HH JDYH uS fiYH runs — none earned — on eight hits in six in­nings. He walked two and struck out three.

In the top of the sec­ond, Marty Martens led off by rHDFKLnJ firVW EDVH Rn Dn er­ror. Two bat­ters later, he went to third on a one-out sin­gle by Sebesky, who then stole sec­ond. Martens scored on Jon Mullin’s grounder to the short­stop, with an er­ror on the play bring­ing home Sebesky for a 2-0 Doylestown lead.

With two outs in the in­ning, Smith’s sin­gle through WKH rLJKW VLGH RI WKH Ln­fiHOG plated Mullin. Gil­bert fol­lowed with an RBI sin­gle to put the Tigers up 4-0.

The Pa­tri­ots cut a run off WKHLr GH­fiFLW Ln WKH IRurWK. Lead­off hit­ter Colin Dyer JRW WR firVW Rn Dn Hr­rRr, while Gold­smith sin­gled. With one out, Gar­rett Kurtz walked to load the bases, with an­other walk to Ben Kof­fel scor­ing Dyer. Gold­berg, how­ever, got Brett Kohler to ground into a dou­ble­play on the next at­bat to end the threat.

“I don’t know what hap­pened, I just got lazy that in­ning,” Gold­berg said. “I guess it hap­pens to ev­ery­body, but I beared down and got that ground ball that I needed and got out of that.”

Gil­bert gave Doylestown back its four-run ad­van­tage in the sixth as his RBI sin­gle to left plated Gene AOSLn, wKR KDG rHDFKHG firVW on a two-out er­ror. Columbia pulled to within 5-2 in the bot­tom of the seventh as Dyer scored on Kurtz’s sin­gle.

Sub­mit­ted photo

CHAM­PI­ONS... The Soud­er­ton 11U travel base­ball team re­cently won the 11A Har­leysville Stars & Stripes tour­na­ment. The team in­cludes (from left) front row, Jor­dan Mo­rales, Danny Pineda, Nolan Bolton, Austin Jones and Is­real Gon­zo­laz; sec­ond row, Moses Cle­mens, Luke Tay­lor, Dy­lan Kum­mery, Austin Moyer, Michael Moyer and Drew Moyer; coaches Tom M. Moyer, Tom P. Moyer, Jeff Kum­mery and Ron Jones.

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