Chelts fall to Rad­nor in 9 in­nings

The Globe - - POLICEREPORTS - By Mike Prince

3ODyLnJ Ln LWs fiUsW SRsWsHDsRn JDPH Ln fivH yHDUs, Chel­tenham ul­ti­mately left LWs KRPH fiHOG Ln GLsDSSRLnW­ment, but the Pan­thers cer­tainly didn’t go out with­out D fiJKW.

Since 2008, Chel­tenham hasn’t had much suc­cess, but a 14-5 reg­u­lar sea­son record this year al­lowed the 3DnWKHUs WR nRW RnOy finDOOy taste the post­sea­son, but also gave them an op­por­tu­nity to KRsW WKHLU fiUsW GLsWULFW SODy­off game.

And de­spite giv­ing it their all, the Pan­thers were de­feated, los­ing 8-7 in nine in­nings to vis­it­ing Rad­nor in a DisWULFW 2nH CODss AAAA fiUsW round play­off on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

De­spite the loss, the Pan­thers didn’t go down eas­ily, com­ing back from mul­ti­ple deficits and forc­ing the Red Raiders ( 13- 8) to a nine- in­ning marathon. rn­for­tu­nately, for Chel­tenham, a cou­ple seeing­eye sin­gles in the top of the ninth al­lowed ninth­seeded Rad­nor to come out vic­to­ri­ous.

“It was tough,” Chel­tenham coach Frank De­cem­brino said. “We gave them ev­ery­thing we had. We dug in and we made a few mis­takes we wish we could have back, but all I ask of my guys is their ef­fort, en­thu­si­asm and their char­ac­ter and I think they did well with that. I feel good leav­ing here be­cause I be­lieve we left ev­ery­thing out there on WKH fiHOG.”

Chel­tenham, the No. 8 seed in the dis­trict, ac­tu­ally led by two runs in the top of the sixth, but a costly er­ror and a pair of RBI sin­gles by Rad­nor evened things up and even­tu­ally forced ex­tra in­nings.

“This was a re­ally tough loss,” said Chel­tenham’s Mark Heimann, who pitched well in re­lief of starter Calvin Salazar, but ended up tak­ing the loss af­ter toss­ing three in­nings on the mound. “We’ve been work­ing so hard all sea­son, so to fall a lit­tle short is tough. We were re­ally ex­cited to get into the play­offs.”

Trail­ing 3-1 in the bot­tom of the fourth, Chel­tenham scored three runs, high­lighted by a two-run sin­gle by

Mar­shal Salem, to go up 4-3. BXW Ln WhH WRS RI WhH fiIWh, Rad­nor came back with two more runs of its own to go back up by one.

,n WhH ERWWRP RI WhH fiIWh, Chel­tenham came up big again, go­ing back on to a three-run in­ning capped off by a two-run sin­gle by Heimann. Un­for­tu­nately, for the Pan­thers, the Red Raiders came right back and tied things up and even­tu­ally came out with the vic­tory.

In the los­ing ef­fort, Chel­tenham was led by Heimann, who went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Matt My­ers scored twice, while Brett Bern­stein had two hits and scored a run. Dy­lan Werge­lis-Isaac­son hit an RBI douEOH, whLOH 6DOHP finLshHG 1-for-4 with two RBI.

Re­gard­ing tak­ing his team to the post­sea­son for the fiUsW WLPH Ln fivH yHDUs, DHcem­brino said, “This was a dream come true. We had a lot of ob­sta­cles with los­ing pitch­ers to in­juries. We had an in­jury to­day and th­ese guys are go­ing to do well in life be­cause ev­ery ob­sta­cle that came their way, they just didn’t back down for a sec­ond. They’re so re­silient and it was a plea­sure to come to work ev­ery day.”

Chel­tenham’s sea­son ended with an over­all record of 14-S, and the Pan­thers will UHWXUn DOO EXW fivH SODyHUs WR next year’s team.

“I had a lot of fun and I look for­ward to this team next year,” Heimann said. “We’ve been think­ing about it this sea­son and we have a lot of guys com­ing back. We’ve got­ten a taste of suc­cess, so hope­fully we can come back even stronger next year.”

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