Mus­tangs score 1-0 win

Adametz out­du­els Bright­bill in Gov. Mif­flin’s 1-0 win over Daniel Boone

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

SHILLINGTON >> Joe Adametz’s day wasn’t quite yet fin­ished.

Even af­ter throw­ing a 100-pitch com­plete-game shutout on May 3, Gover­nor Mif­flin’s ju­nior left-han­der still had some work to do.

“This is my place to come and gather my thoughts,” he said while rak­ing the dirt around the pitcher’s mound. “I like to take care of my home here — win or lose.”

Ben­e­fit­ting from the de­fense be­hind him — which fea­tured a clutch play at the plate in the top of the sev­enth to keep the op­po­si­tion score­less, Adametz pow­ered his way through Daniel Boone’s lineup on the way to a 1-0 win at Gover­nor Mif­flin’s Ru­lon L. Grif­fith Field.

The win im­proves Mif­flin to 7-2 in Berks Con­fer­ence I play (14-5 over­all) as the Mus­tangs pick up sole pos­ses­sion of first place in the divi­sion with just one con­fer­ence game re­main­ing. Daniel Boone, right on the heels of a sur­prise 8-1 loss against Ex­eter, drops to 6-3 (12-3 over­all) and into the No. 2 spot in the divi­sion as next week’s Berks County In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (BCIAA) play­offs loom.

The May 3 game pro­vided ev­ery­thing that comes with a high­power clash be­tween two teams: two stand­out pitch­ers deal­ing from both sides; two you-call-it plays at the plate.

It was ev­ery­thing Mif­flin head coach Chris Hole and the two-time de­fend­ing con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons had an­tic­i­pated.

“We spoke at prac­tice (May 2)

about how this would be a play­off at­mos­phere for us,” said Hole. “We main­tained that fo­cus. Guys needed to step up and make plays and they did that.”

Adametz had the Blaz­ers hand­cuffed most of the way, lim­it­ing them to just three hits and three walks to go along with five strike­outs.

“All my pitches were work­ing real well,” said Adametz, who fea­tures a fast­ball and a slew of off­speed pitches. “My fast­ball has al­ways been with me. This year I’ve been work­ing to try and es­tab­lish more pitches be­cause as a starter you’ve got to have ev­ery­thing work­ing.”

He kept Boone from reach­ing third base through the first six in­nings be­fore run­ning into trou­ble in the top of the sev­enth in­ning.

Car­son Zu­ber reached on an in­field er­ror to lead off, then stole a base and reached third on Ty Esen­wein’s sin­gle to cen­ter. With no outs and men on the cor­ners, des­ig­nated hit­ter Con­nor Cleaver knocked a slow-roller down the first-base line. First base­man Phillip Henry charged then flipped it over to Noah Angstadt cov­er­ing for the force. Angstadt then had the where­withal to turn and fire it to the plate as Zu­ber was tagged out by catcher Justin DelVec­chio on a bang-bang play that would have tied it up.

“It was a con­glom­er­a­tion of things,” said Daniel Boone head coach Ja­son McCord, who stood by Zu­ber’s ag­gres­sive base-run­ning. “I was call­ing on the down con­tact, see­ing that it was a bound­ing ball. He (Zu­ber) re­treated a lit­tle bit then re­acted when he saw the first base­man turn. The kid (Angstadt) made a great play.”

“It was nice to come out on the pos­i­tive end of that cir­cus,” said Hole of the sev­enth in­ning. “That whole play could have went a mul­ti­tude of ways, but our guys stayed calm and kept their com­po­sure.”

Mif­flin staked the game’s lone run in the bot­tom of the first in­ning as short­stop Ajay Sczep­kowski led-off with a dou­ble to left-cen­ter. Af­ter mov­ing over to sec­ond base on a sac­ri­fice bunt by Trey Paige, Sczep­kowski then came around to score on a wild pitch with two outs.

Other than that, Boone starter Zach Bright­bill was sim­i­larly dom­i­nant to his coun­ter­part. The right-han­der pitched all six in­nings while hold­ing Mif­flin to six hits, walk­ing none and strik­ing out four.

Like Adametz, Bright­bill ben­e­fit­ted from a close call at home.

Angstadt tried to score from sec­ond base on Paige’s one-out drive to cen­ter field, but was thrown out on a bul­let from Matt Stevens in cen­ter field.

“Zach’s a war­rior. He goes out and bat­tles ev­ery day,” said McCord. “He gave us a chance to win and we played re­ally well in the field be­hind him.”

Star­ing down their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive loss — their only los­ing streak all sea­son — McCord ex­plained that his team may have been brought back down to Earth in a way.

“I al­most feel like we got caught look­ing ahead be­cause we were rolling so well,” he said. “Just un­der­stand­ing that we’re do­ing well and we’re ex­cited about where we can po­ten­tially go, for­get­ting that there’s work to do be­fore you get there.

“What’s hap­pen­ing with us right now is we’re not ex­e­cut­ing well in the of­fen­sive game,” he said. “We had what? Three hits on the day, very few baserun­ners. We’ve just got to work on get­ting bet­ter and we’ve got to hit.”

SARAH PIETROWSKI - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Gov. Mif­flin’s Joe Adametz de­liv­ers to the plate against Daniel Boone May 3.

THOMAS NASH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Daniel Boone’s Zach Bright­bill de­liv­ers to the plate dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s game against Gov. Mif­flin.

SARAH PIETROWSKI - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Gover­nor Mif­flin’s Trevor Wool­wine (7) slides into sec­ond base, try­ing to avoid the tag by Daniel Boone’s Ty Esen­wein (29) while Joey Moyer (7) looks on dur­ing Gover­nor Mif­flin’s 1-0 win Wed­nes­day.

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