More­landers ease past Loudenslager

The Willow Grove Guide - - SPORTS - By Tim Hindin

thindin@mont­gomerynews.

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There is never a good time for a team to be short­handed. That, un­for­tu­nately, for the More­landers was the case in its open­ing round game of the Re­gion 3 Amer­i­can Le­gion re­gional play­off Satur­day morn­ing against Loudenslager.

The More­landers’ ros­ter, usu­ally con­sist­ing of 17, was re­duced to 10. The slim ros­ter was able to over­come its short bench to move on in the win­ners bracket beat­ing Loudenslager 15-6.

“It’s a lit­tle bit of a dis­trac­tion,” More­landers RuW­fiHldHU Dnd SLWcKHU 7Rm Robin­son said of his ab­sent team­mates. “But we knew we could win, we’ve still got a good team.”

The game did not start IDsW, Ln IDcW WKH fiUsW WwR Ln­nings took nearly an hour. The More­landers opened up 9-3 lead af­ter bat­ting – ac­tu­ally walk­ing around – in the sec­ond and third in­nings. 7KH 0RUHlDndHUs SuW uS fivH runs in the sec­ond in­nings with­out putting the ball in play.

“There [weren’t] a lot of hits in [the sec­ond],”Robin­son said. “A lot of walks, re­ally at that point you got to just stay with the game.”

In build­ing its six-run lead the More­landers had 10 bat­ters walked, one hit by a pitch, two er­rors and three hits, with all three hits com­ing in the third in­ning.

“, WKLnk WKURuJK WKRsH fiUsW cou­ple in­nings we had one hit and put up six or seven runs which ob­vi­ously helped us out a lot. We can’t rely on that,” More­landers as­sis­tant man­ager Jeff Ca­vanaugh said.

The makeshift ros­ter sKRwHd mRUH Ln WKH fiHld than it did at the plate for the More­landers, com­mit­ting four er­rors and miss­ing some plays that could have been con­verted. Loudenslager wasn’t any bet­ter, cRm­mLWWLnJ fivH HUURUs wKLlH mis­cu­ing on some rou­tine plays as well.

“That’s not some­thing were used to,” Ca­vanaugh said. “Maybe one a game.”

Af­ter the pitch­ing com­bi­na­tion of Eric Her­nan­dez and Khalil Coles strug­gled WKURuJK WKH fiUsW WKUHH Ln­nings, John Al­ford pitched fivH sRlLd Ln­nLnJs Ln UHlLHI, giv­ing Loudenslager a shot at a come­back. Loudenslager pulled to within in four runs, but Al­ford ran out of gas givLnJ uS fivH Uuns Ln WKH nLnWK in­ning to put the game out of reach.

“They just have to be re­minded be­cause they’re not used to play­ing nine in­nings,” Ca­vanaugh said of his team’s early lead and ex­tended game. “We were up 9-3 it was only the [third] in­ning so they just needed to keep be­ing re­minded.”

Be­cause of rules with in Amer­i­can Le­gion base­ball, this game might not be the only game the More­landers play with a short ros­ter. In fact if the More­landers do not have 12 el­i­gi­ble play­ers, it could jeop­ar­dize its bid to the state play­offs as well.

“[It sounds like the kids who were not here to­day are done for the sea­son], but ob­vi­ously we’re go­ing to work to get them in to­mor­row,” Ca­vanaugh said. “In the past it’s been that kids who haven’t been here can check in the next day, so that’s what we’re go­ing to shoot for.”

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