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American Legion baseball stands at 3-2 on the season

By Larry Etter

Press & Journal Staff

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Posted 6/19/19

The Middletown American Legion baseball team picked up a pair of victories following a 1-1 start to the summer’s diamond action.

On June 5, Post 594 held on to defeat Lawnton 10-9. On …

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American Legion baseball stands at 3-2 on the season

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The Middletown American Legion baseball team picked up a pair of victories following a 1-1 start to the summer’s diamond action.

On June 5, Post 594 held on to defeat Lawnton 10-9. On Friday, June 7, the team edged Linglestown 4-3.

Tuesday, June 11, was a different story, however, as Post 594 was dealt a 12-3 setback at Upper Dauphin.

Because of postponements, the schedule has been changed somewhat. Thursday’s game at Hershey was postponed. Four games were set for this week against Susquehanna, Paxton, Hummelstown and Harrisburg.

Middletown 10, Lawnton 9

On Wednesday, June 5, Post 594 got off to a 5-run lead in the sixth inning but had to weather a late charge by Lawnton before hanging on for the tense 10-9 victory.

There were 24 hits in the action-filled contest, with Lawnton outhitting Middletown 13-11.

Matt Schopf, Cam Peters and Avery Williams each had multiple hits for the winners.

Keyed by an RBI double by Cam Peters, Middletown scored 2 runs in the top of the first inning to take the early lead. Lawnton cut the lead in half with a single tally in the bottom of the second.

Post 594 scored two more runs in the top of the third and Lawnton added a run in the bottom of the inning. Both teams went scoreless in the fourth as Middletown held onto its 4-2 edge, but each scored once in the fifth to make it a 5-3 game.

That all changed in the top of the sixth when Middletown plated 5 runs, keyed by a sacrifice fly by Garrett Miller and a double by Brady Keyser.

Lawnton rallied for 3 runs in the home half against Middletown starter Keyser, who went six innings before giving way to David Alcock in the seventh.

Keyser was charged with 6 runs and 9 hits with four strikeouts, but earned the win.

Lawnton added 3 more in the bottom of the seventh to make for an exciting finish. Scott Ash relieved Alcock and ended up getting the final out for the save.

Middletown 4, Linglestown 3

Post 594’s home game on Friday, June 7, was also a closely played contest, and the Middletown team pulled out the win with a tie-breaking single run in the bottom of the seventh inning for its third victory of the season.

Middletown scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and a single one in the home half of the third against starting pitcher Joe Caplan to take a 3-0 lead. But Post 594 was held scoreless through the fourth, fifth and sixth frames by reliever Zach Darkangelo.

During that stretch, Post 272 scored twice in the fourth inning and once in the fifth to tie the game at 3-3 with Ash on the mound. One run came via an error. Ash finished with the win getting four strikeouts against 7 hits and the three runs.

The winning score for Post 594 came when Schopf was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Tim Wagner, Williams, Alcock, Peters, Marcus Mancini and Miller each had hits for the winners.

Upper Dauphin 12, Middletown 3

The big bats were prevalent against Middletown starting pitcher Alcock at Upper Dauphin (12 hits) on Tuesday, June 11, as Post 239 rocked Middletown 12-3.

Included in the barrage was a grand slam by Carson Berge in the bottom half of the second that pushed Post 594 into a 7-0 deficit in the second inning. The Middletown team never was able to recover from that initial outburst.

Upper Dauphin scored two more runs in the bottom of the third before Post 594 finally put up three runs in the top of the fourth.

Alcock’s home run and an RBI hit by Alec Merry provided the tallies.

But that turned out to be all the offense Post 594 could generate.

The runs came against reliever Ryley Novinger after three shutout innings by Connor Dietrich.

Alcock and Keyser each had a pair of hits in the loss, but Upper Dauphin’s defense played flawlessly in keeping Middletown runners off base.