Daniel Boone blanks Gov. Mif­flin

Daniel Boone uses style, sub­stance in blank­ing of Gov. Mif­flin

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - By Thomas Nash tnash@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Thomas_Nash10 on Twit­ter

Car­son Zu­ber’s got all the style points cov­ered.

He rocks the smeared eye­black, a navy com­pres­sion sleeve on his throw­ing arm and sun­glasses rest­ing up­side-down on his hat brim.

And as for his game on the di­a­mond?

Well, that’s pretty sharp as well.

The ju­nior third base­man de­liv­ered Daniel Boone’s first two RBIs dur­ing Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon’s 4-0 win over vis­it­ing Gover­nor Mif­flin at Op­ti­mistic Field.

“I like to play it like that,” said Zu­ber with a laugh when asked about his style. “I tried to bring a calm ap­proach at the plate — treated it both times like a 0-0 game. Just gotta get ahead.”

Zu­ber de­liv­ered a pair of twoout RBI sin­gles — a liner into left field in the bot­tom of the first in­ning and a chop­per up the mid­dle in the third — to stake plenty of room for Boone start­ing pitcher Matt Hen­der­son.

With the win, the Blaz­ers im­prove to 3-1 in Berks Con­fer­ence I play and 8-1 over­all to move into first place in the di­vi­sion. Twotime de­fend­ing Berks cham­pion Gov. Mif­flin, win­ners of three straight games prior to Wed­nes­day, drops to 2-2 and 8-4.

Boone racked up eight hits off Mif­flin starter Joe Adametz. Short­stop Joey Moyer fin­ished 2-for-3 with a run scored while lead­off cen­ter fielder Matt Stevens had an RBI dou­ble and a run scored.

“That game could have swung ei­ther way,” said Daniel Boone head coach Jason McCord. “A big hit here, a big hit there — that was kind of the dif­fer­ence for us. Es­pe­cially with Car­son step­ping up twice with two outs and driv­ing in runs. He came up huge for us to get off the deck right away.”

The right-handed Hen­der­son was ‘ef­fec­tively wild,’ as deemed by Mif­flin head coach Chris Hole.

The sopho­more held the Mus­tangs to just one hit across the first five in­nings to go along with five walks and a strike­out.

“Their pitch­ers did a nice job,” said Hole. “He (Hen­der­son) never let us get too com­fort­able in the box and he bat­tled through some tough sit­u­a­tions.”

On a day where he strug­gled to lo­cate his off­speed pitches, Hen­der­son lived down in the zone and lim­ited the dam­age through­out. He stranded nine run­ners on base — in­clud­ing a bases-loaded jam in the top of the fifth in­ning be­fore hand­ing it over to side-winder Zach Bright­bill for the fi­nal two frames.

Mif­flin des­ig­nated hit­ter Isaac Ru­oss ripped a dou­ble to left-cen­ter in the top of the fourth in­ning while right fielder Corbin Dun­nuck ac­counted for the Mus­tangs’ only other hit.

De­spite his team be­ing held to only two hits, Hole had plenty of pos­i­tives.

“It comes down to get­ting timely hits. They (Daniel Boone) got them and we didn’t,” he said. “Our di­vi­sion is so tough. All these games, we’re gonna beat each other up a lit­tle bit.

“The bot­tom line is how much will you im­prove from now un­til the mid­dle of next month? That’s the big­gest thing. The growth that will get these boys to hope­fully be where we need to be.”

The lefty Adametz was ef­fec­tive for Mif­flin on the mound. He pitched all six in­nings where he scat­tered four runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk to go along with five strike­outs.

Fresh Slate

Daniel Boone beat Mif­flin twice dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son be­fore the Mus­tangs downed the Blaz­ers in the open­ing round of the Berks Con­fer­ence play­offs on their way to the 2016 league crown. The year prior, Mif­flin beat Boone 3-1 in the cham­pi­onship game.

“It’s a team that we know we’ve got to go through,” said McCord. “We can’t sleep. We’ve just got to keep get­ting bet­ter ev­ery day. Our goal is al­ways to be 1-0.”

SAM STE­WART - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Daniel Boone’s Matt Stevens slides into home ahead of the throw to Gover­nor Mif­flin pitcher Joe Adametz af­ter Adametz threw a wild pitch.

SAM STE­WART - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Daniel Boone’s Joey Moyer throws to first to com­plete the dou­ble play as Gover­nor Mif­flin’s Trevor Wool­wine slides in.

SAM STE­WART - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Daniel Boone’s Matt Hen­der­son de­liv­ers to the plate dur­ing the sec­ond in­ning. Hen­der­son al­lowed one hit as the Blaz­ers de­feated Gover­nor Mif­flin.

SAM STE­WART - DFM

Daniel Boone sec­ond base­man Con­nor Cleaver fields a ground­ball in the Blaz­ers’ 4-0 vic­tory over Gover­nor Mif­flin.

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