Chelts fall to Radnor in 9 innings
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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.
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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.”