LOMA ases past Glen­side

Times Chronicle - - OPINION - By Mike Prince

With a short­ened ros­ter due to some ab­sent play­ers, the play­ers who showed up for Glen­side put their best ef­fort for­ward, but fell short and were forced to watch as their sea­son ended on Wed­nes­day night.

While miss­ing a few of their key play­ers, the Hawks were un­able to over­come a poor start against LOMA, fall­ing 9-2 in a one-game play­off in a Pen-Del League post­sea­son game at Al­vethorpe Park.

Glen­side watched as LOMA E15-19-1F, the No. 5 seed, scored two runs in the fiUVW DnG nHYHU ORRNHG EDFN, adding onto its lead un­til its finDO DW-EDW.

“I don’t know what to say,” Glen­side’s Tim Foulkrod said. “We bat­tled, but we were short guys for the most part for the whole sea­son. But the guys who came went out there and we put to­gether a team and made it to the playoffs, so we’ll do it again next year. Ev­ery­one who showed up we were real happy with. They came out and gave 110 per­cent and that’s all you can ask for.”

Glen­side was with­out two of its start­ing pitch­ers from last year, while also miss­ing its start­ing catcher and short­stop on Wed­nes­day.

“One of my reg­u­lar play­ers is only avail­able a cou­ple of times a week and I con­sider him the best hit­ter in the league,” Glen­side coach Joe Schroeck said of John Droz­dowski, who hit .370 this sea­son. “Con­sid­er­ing what we had tonight, I thought they did a de­cent job. Walks and hit bat­ters killed us. ELOMAF didn’t hit us too much, but they killed us with walks and hit bat­ters.”

Glen­side’s pitch­ers walked six bat­ters and hit four more with pitches, which led to much of LOMA’s of­fense.

LOMA scored two runs Ln WhH fiUVW DIWHU (ULF 5uh­land sent a two-run home Uun RYHU WhH OHIW fiHOG wDOO. LOMA added one more run in the third, three more in the fourth and three more in the VLxWh, DIWHU WhUHH RI WhH fiUVW four bat­ters of the in­ning were hit by pitches.

Glen­side scored its lone UunV Ln WhH WhLUG DnG fiIWh Ln­nings, with Foulkrod hit­ting

RB, VDFUL­fiFH fly DnG .ULV Davis knock­ing a two-run dou­ble to cap the Hawks’ of­fense for the night.

“We’ll keep at it,” Schroeck said. “We got to the playoffs and you go in cy­cles. This was a low cy­cle, but we’ve been high for the last 7-8 years, so hope­fully we’ll get back up again. The fel­lows who were here tried hard I hope they learned some­thing.”

Davis led the Hawks’ of­fense by go­ing 2-for-3 with the RBI dou­ble. Foulkrod finLVhHG wLWh WhH RnH RB,, while Rob McAr­dle sin­gled, walked and scored once. DDn 6HLWzLnJHU finLVhHG 1-for-4 and scored Glen­side’s other run.

With the win, LOMA moves on to the sec­ond round of the playoffs for a meet­ing on Thurs­day with Northamp­ton. The win­ner of that game will ad­vance to WhH 3Hn-DHO VHPLfinDOV.

On Wed­nes­day, LOMA was led by Ruh­land at WhH SODWH, DV WhH fiUVW bDVH­man went 1-for-2 with two walks, the home run, two runs scored and three RBIs. Pitcher Tom Hell­warth pitched a com­plete game, strik­ing out four bat­ters while al­low­ing just four hits and two runs.

Glen­side, the No. 6 seed, had its sea­son ended with an over­all record of 14-30.

“We’ll be right back here next year and we’ll come right back and do it again,” Foulkrod said. “We were very happy with the ef­fort from the peo­ple who showed up.”

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